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3m Geography: The U.S.A. Major Landforms

Map and morphology of the United States (mountains, rivers, lakes)

Patricia Gatti

on 30 September 2012

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Transcript of 3m Geography: The U.S.A. Major Landforms

The United States
of America Can you guess how many states there are in the U.S.?

Locate all of the states on the map of the U.S. The country includes (50) states; (48) continental states, plus Alaska and Hawaii, the two newest states. http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/USA_Geography/USA_G0_click_1024.html Many major cities cover the land from coast-to-coast, and Washington D.C., the capital, reflects the incredible history of America, and stands as a proud symbol of its freedom, liberty, and justice for all. There are 8 regions:
1. New England States
2. Mid Atlantic States
3. Southern States
4. Great Lakes States
5. Midwestern States
6. Southwestern States
7. Mountain States
8. Pacific States Mountains Rocky Mountains: About 3,000 miles in length, extend from the U.S State of New Mexico up through the western United States and on into the northernmost reaches of Canada's British Columbia.

The climate changes with increasing altitude. In general, the Rockies have mild summers, cold winters and a lot of precipitation.

There is a lot of vegetation (pine trees, firs and spruces) Appalachian Mountains: About 1,500 miles in length, extend from central Alabama in the U.S. up through the New England states and the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Quebec.

Oldest mountain chain in North America. Deciduous forests cover most of the Appalachian Mountains Significant Appalachian ranges include:
The White Mountains of New Hampshire
The Green Mountains in Vermont Great Plains The Great Plains of North America slope east from the Rockies and extend to the edge of the Canadian Shield and the western edges of the Appalachians.

The land is generally smooth with large treeless areas and shallow river valleys. Minor hills and mountains are found in Missouri, Boston and northwestern Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. Low rainfall, which causes drought and frequent dust storms. Coastal Plain

This area of the southern and southeastern U.S extends to the continental shelf and is generally characterized by level (flat) land with assorted mixed forests.

The coastal areas include mud flats and swamps. Also include the location of:

Central Lowlands
Gulf of Mexico
Salt Lake Cascades
A mountain range stretching from northeastern California across Oregon and Washington.

Major peaks included Mt. Hood, Mt. Ranier, and Mt. St. Helens. Grand Canyon
It is a narrow pathway that is formed by the Colorado River in Arizona. It is a part of the Grand Canyon National Park which is said to be the first ever national park of the United States. Task 1: You are required to locate the physical geographic landform regions on the map of the United States, alongside the important rivers, lakes, and mountains.

A great website to help you: www.worldatlas.com

This will be due the following week Rivers

Columbia River: by volume, the Columbia is the fourth-largest river in the U.S

The river's heavy flow and its relatively steep gradient gives it tremendous potential for the generation of electricity. Mississippi River: It is the third-largest river system

With its many streams, the Mississippi's watershed drains all or parts of 31 US states and 2 Canadian provinces between the Rocky and Appalachian Mountains Missouri River: the longest river in North America and a major waterway of the central United States.

Rising in the Rocky Mountains of western Montana, the Missouri river flows east and south for 3,767 km before entering the Mississippi River north of St. Louis, Missouri. HOMEWORK Task 2: On the map of the United States, use different colours to indicate the different regions (using a legend)

Example: red is used for New England States
yellow is used for Southern States American History, Alive in Stone...

Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota

Sculptures of the heads of former United States presidents (in order from left to right) George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln Lakes

Lake Okeechobee: it is the largest freshwater lake in the state of Florida. It is the seventh largest freshwater lake in the United States
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