Q.: Where in Europe is Lingenfelder?
A.: Lingenfelder is located in Germany.
The Federal Republic of Germany is a country of north-central Europe traversing
the continent's main physical divisions, from the outer ranges of the
Alps, northward acrossthe varied country of the Central German Uplands,
and then across the North German Plain, or Lowlands. It is bounded atits
extreme north on the Jutland Peninsula by Denmark. East and west of the
peninsula, the Baltic Sea (Ostsee) and North Sea coasts, respectively,
complete the northern border. To the west, Germany borders on The Netherlands,
Belgium, and Luxembourg; to the southwest, on France. It shares its entire
southern boundary with Switzerland and Austria. In the southeast, the
border with the Czech Republic corresponds to an earlier boundary of 1918,
renewed by treaty in 1945. The eastern most frontier adjoins Poland along
the northward course of the Neisse River and subsequently the Oder to
the Baltic Sea, with a westward deviation in the north to exclude the
former German port city of Stettin (Polish: Szczecin) and the Oder mouth.
The republic has a maximum north-south extent of about 520 miles (840 kilometres), between latitudes 47° and 55° N, and an east-west maximum (across the middle of thecountry) of about 385 miles (620 kilometres), between longitudes 6° and 15° E. It has an area of 137,828 square miles (356,973 square kilometres).
Germany is favoured with a generally temperate climate, especially in view of its northerly latitudes and the distance of the larger portions of its territory from the warming influence of the North Atlantic Current. Extremely high temperatures in the summer and deep, prolonged frost in the winter are rare. These conditions, together with a more than abundant and well-distributed amount of rainfall, afford ideal conditions for raising crops.
Since Germany is a somewhat arbitrary south-north slice across central Europe, it does not have vegetation and animal life greatly different from that of neighbouring countries. Before being settled, Germany was almost totally forested, except for a few areas of marsh. At present it would be hard to find any truly natural vegetation; not only the cultivated areas but the forests, which cover 20 percent of the land area, are man-made.