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Copy of Chapter 1 Overview
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Lesson 1 States and Regions
USA has 50 states, separated into 5 regions: West, Southwest, Midwest, Southeast, and Northeast
States within a region are similar in land, history and culture.
USA, Canada and Mexico share a history in exploration and conquest.
Lesson 2: The Land
Geographers divide the land into landform regions.
Coastal Plain: Flat land along the Atlantic Ocean(MA-FL-TX)
Appalachian Mountains: run from southeastern Canada to Alabama
Interior Plains: cover much of the Central USA. The eastern part is called the
Central Plains, and the western part is called the Great Plains.
Rocky Mountains: west of the interior plains
Climate is the kind of weather a place has over a long period of time
A basin is low and bowl shaped with higher land around it
Lesson 3: Bodies of Water
USA has many different kinds of bodies of water
Inlets: areas of water that form larger bodies of water
Gulfs: larger inlets
Lakes: Great Lakes (HOMES)
River systems: begin with a mouth, and may have other rivers
Mississippi River is the largest river system
Lesson 4: Climate and Vegetation
Climate depends on distance from the Equator, distance from bodies of water, and elevation.
Earth´s orbit around the sun causes seasons.
Climate influences the type of vegetation that grows in the different regions.
Lesson 5: People and the Environment
Physical features encourage people to settle in some areas and may make settling in other areas challenging.
People modify the land to meet their needs to obtain renewable (trees, wind, water) or nonrenewable resources (coal, oil, natural gas)
People use land for farming, businesses, mining, and building.
People need to live near transportation routes
Today transportation is more energy efficient