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Geography of Texas
Transcript of Geography of Texas
The Coastal Plains region of Texas covers the eastern and southern part of the state. It is the largest region in Texas. It is also home to more Texans than any other region.
The Coastal Plains gradually slope towards the Gulf of Mexico. This land is often marshy, with shallow bays and inlets. The Coastal Plains also includes the eastern forests of Texas and the Balcones Escaprement. Geography of Texas Galveston Bay is the largest bay located in the coastal plains of Texas. Vegetation and Coastal Features of the Coastal Plains
- Large Cattle Industry
- Forest Industry - Many Pine Trees (Lumber)
- Fruit and Vegetable Crops Mountain and Basin
The Mountain and Basins region is a dry area with very few trees. Much of the region is broad grassland, excellent for grazing cattle, sheep, and goats. Parts of the region are also important farming regions.
The Mountain and Basin region is scattered with mountain ranges and flat desert basins. The mountain and basin region is excellent for grazing cattle. Great Plains
The great plains of Texas are part of the vast region of of united states known by the same name. the region contains large stretches of flat rolling land.
The Great Plains have a few distinct regions. The High Plains, which occupy much of the Panhandle are mostly flat with few trees. The Edwards Plateau region of the Great Plains begins to get more hilly. Much of the region is a broad grassland, excellent for grazign cattle, sheep, and goats. North Central Plains
North and west of the Coastal Plains of Texas is the North Central Plains region. It is part of a region that begins in Canada and covers much of the central United States.
The land is rolling and hilly throughout much of the region. In the southern part of the North Central Plains, visitors can see steep sided hills called buttes. Larger, similar landforms with flat tops, called mesas, are the result of erosion. The North Central Plains contains steep hillsides called buttes. And larger, similar landforms, with flat tops, called mesas. Vegetation and other features...
The North Central Plains can be broken into 3 distinct parts. You have the Grand Prarie to the east. To the west of the Grand Prarie, you have the Western Cross Timbers. Containing much of the forest that covers central Texas. To the west of the Western Cross Timbers, you have the Rolling Plains. This region is excellent for farming and ranching. So why study geography...? Well, studying geography helps you learn about a place - what it is like and how it got to be that way. learning about texas geography gives you greater knowledge to just how much land texas really does have and the awesome amounts of different types of geography landscapes we have. So how do we study geography? geographers use the five themes of geography...
1. Location - There is absolute location: which is pretty self explanitory. It is the absolute or exact location of something.
2. Place - Geographers describe a place in terms of both its physical and human features.
3. Interaction - Interaction between the people and their environment.
4. Movement - Transportation is the movement of people and goods. Communication is the movement of ideas.
5. Region - A region is an area in the world that has similar, unifying characteristics. To describe absolute location, geographers use latitude and longitude.
Latitude: measure distances north and south from the equator.
Longitude: measure distances east and west from the prime meridian.
The prime-meridian is a line that runs through Greenwich England and divides the Earth into eastern and western hemispheres. Latitude: 29.762895
Longitude: -95.383173 The tools of the trade Globes: a globe is a sphere with a map of the earth printed on it.
Are globes the best way to study geography? globes do have their limits. they are big to carry around and usually do not show areas to scale.
Maps to the rescue!!! Maps are extremely useful tools in the study of place. Different Types of Maps physical: these maps highlight many of the phsycial features of a place. Such as mountains, plains, rivers, and lakes. political: these maps show political
features. Such as countries, counties,
states, and cities.