Europe's vast coastline and inland river system have had the GREATEST impact on A. the continent's fishing and shipping industries. B. the continent's investing and banking industries. C.the...

 Europe's vast coastline and inland river system have had the GREATEST impact on

A. the continent's fishing and shipping industries.

B. the continent's investing and banking industries.

C.the continent's mining and agriculture industries.

D. the continent's technology and manufacturing industries.

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The best answer to this question is Option A. All of the other industries mentioned in this question have been affected by Europe’s long coastline and its many navigable rivers.  However, this geography has affected the fishing and shipping industries more than any of the other industries mentioned here.

Europe’s rivers and coasts have helped its mining, farming, technology, and manufacturing.  In early times, before railroads, they made many of these industries possible. They made it possible for people to move farm produce and manufactured goods from place to place relatively easily. This made it more likely that these kinds of industries would be able to arise and to develop. We can even say that the geography helped the investment and banking industries to develop.  The rivers and coasts made trade possible, which meant that banking was more important.  In all of these ways, the rivers and ports were important to all of these industries.

However, the rivers and ports were much more important to the fishing and shipping industries than they were to any of the other industries.  Because of all the ports and rivers, there was a need for a great deal of shipping. The ports and rivers also made it possible for many people to make a living by fishing. The other industries would have been possible without rivers and ports.  The shipping and fishing industries would not have.  Therefore, we can say that Option A is the best answer.