The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland occupies the territory of the British Isles. They lie to the north-west of Europe. Once upon a time the British Isles were an integral part of the mainland. As a result of sinking of the land surface they became segregated. The Great Britain is separated from the continent by the English Channel. The country is washed by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Great Britain is separated from Belgium and Holland by the North Sea, and from Ireland- by the Irish Sea. There are several islands along the coasts. The total area of the British Isles is 325,000square km. The total area of the great Britain is 244,000 square km. The main islands are the Isle of Man and the Isle of Wight. The surface of the country is varied. Great Britain is the country of valleys and plains. The mountains in Britain are not very high. Scotland is the most mountainous region with the highest peak, Ben Nevis. It has no active volcanoes, and earth tremos which does no more than rattle teacups in a few houses which is reported in the national news media. The insular geographical position of Great Britain promotes the development of shipbuilding, different trading contacts with other countries. It has also allowed the country to stay independent for quite a long period of time. New Vocabulary: to rattle volcano earth tremos to be separated insular to govern вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў Questions: Where is Great Britain situated? What is the total area of Great Britain? What is the official name of this country? Is Great Britain a mountainous country? What is the result of the country's physical geography?