Europe, North Africa and West Asia: Physical Geography Metadata

Production date: 22 November 2004


This map (available in both labeled and blank versions) provides an introduction to some of the most prominent physical features of the areas inhabited by the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt,Greece and Rome. Major bodies of water include: the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea, the Caspian Sea, the Aral Sea, the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea and the Red Sea. Major rivers include: the Ebro, the Rhine, the Elbe, the Danube, the Dnepr, the Don, the Volga, the Ural, the Tigris, the Euphrates and the Nile. Major mountain ranges include: the Pyrenees, Alps,Carpathians, Taurus, Caucasus, Zagros and Atlas. Deserts include: Sahara, Libyan, Nubian, Syrian and the Rub al’ Khali (“ Empty Quarter ”).

This map was compiled and produced by Tom Elliott.

2004, Ancient World Mapping Center:
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Map Data

Projection: Lambert Equal Area Azimuthal

Projection parameters:
Central Meridian: 20.0
Latitude of Origin: 40.0
False Easting: 0.0
False Northing: 0.0

Horizontal datum: WGS 1984

Scale: 1:27 million

Map units: kilometers and miles

Bounding box: 15 Latitude x -4.7 Longitude (lower left corner); 46.6 Latitude x 80 Longitude (upper right corner)