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Q.: Where in the world is Lingenfelder?

A.: Lingenfelder is located in Europe. It's the second smallest of the world's continents (after Australia), composed of the westward-projecting peninsulas of Eurasia and occupying nearly one-fifteenth of the world's total land area. It is bordered on the north by the Arctic Ocean, on the west by the Atlantic Ocean, and on the south (west to east) by the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea, the Kuma-Manych Depression, and the Caspian Sea. The continent's eastern boundary (north to south) runs along the eastern Ural Mountains and the Zhem River.
The greater part of Europe combines low elevations with low relief; about three-fifths of the land is at an elevation of less than 600 feet (180 metres) above sea level, and another one-third is between 600 and 3,000 feet (180 and 900 metres). Europe can be divided into two major parts—western peninsular Europe and eastern continental Europe. Europe is a well-watered continent with many rivers but relatively few sizable lakes. Most of the continent's drainage finds its way to the Atlantic Ocean via a number of master river systems, whose watersheds interlock in a most complex manner.
Four major regional climate types can be distinguished: the maritime climate of the west with abundant rainfall and mild temperatures both in the winter and summer; the transitional climate of central Europe with 20 to 40 inches (500 to 1,000 mm) of annual rainfall, cold winters, and warm summers; the continental climate of the northeast with 10 to 20 inches (250 to 500 mm) of annual rainfall, long and cold winters, and hot summers; and the Mediterranean climate of southern coastal Europe with moderate rainfall (20 to 40 inches), mild and wet winters, and hot and dry summers.
The people of Europe constitute about one-seventh of the world's population. The vast majority of Europe's inhabitants belong to the European (or Caucasoid) geographic race.
The economies of Europe's countries are predominantly market-oriented, with varying degrees of government intervention. Agriculture employs less than one-eighth of the workforce in most European countries, though its proportion of the labour force is considerably lower in western than in southern and eastern Europe. It is highly mechanized. Small family farms predominate in the west and south. Agriculture was collectivized in the east until the early 1990s, by which time the trend was toward privatization.


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