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Pd 4/5 The United States of America
Transcript of Pd 4/5 The United States of America
The United States is bordered by Canada on the North and Mexico on the south. Its western border is the Pacific Ocean and its eastern border is the Atlantic Ocean.
: Because of the country's size, climates vary greatly. Hot subtropical climates can be found in the south and cold arctic temperatures in the north. Various regions are hit by extreme weather and natural disasters, including hurricanes, earthquakes, blizzards, and droughts.
3. Human-Environment Interaction
"United States of America." CultureGrams World Edition, ProQuest, 2016, online.culturegrams.com/world/world_country.php?cid=169. Accessed 21 Sept.
The United States is located on the continent of North America in the Western Hemisphere.
by P. McNeill
The 5 Themes of Geography
: Its capital is Washington, D.C. and five major cities include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia.
: During the American Revolution (1775-83), the country gained its independence from Britain. It also established the form of government and constitution that is still in use today.
: Though there isn't an official religion, 79% of the population is Christian. Other religious groups include Jews (1.7 %), Buddhists (0.7 %), and Muslims (0.6 %).
: English is the most widely spoken language in the United States. Spanish is the second most popular language, but many Americans speak more than one language.
: Whites are the largest ethnic group (78%), followed by Hispanics (17%) and African-Americans (13%).
: Because of regional differences, building materials vary. Wood is common in areas that suffer from earthquakes, while adobe style houses are found in the southwest. Brick and siding are seen throughout the U.S. The use of "green" building materials to reduce energy costs is growing.
: The U.S. has modified its environment to develop highways and roads. Most people use cars to travel, though cities often have public transportation available. Air travel is popular, while trains are not used for extensive travel and transport goods more often than people.
: While the US economy is considered strong, there are growing gaps between the rich and the poor.
The US imports agricultural products, crude oil, technology, cars, and other goods. It exports consumer goods, food, and machinery, as well as popular culture.
The average income is $52,800.
: The U.S. has 323,995,528 people and is growing at a rate of .8%.
: Suburban areas tend to feature larger homes with yards, while city dwellings are often smaller and include apartments, condos, and townhouses. Some areas, particularly in the coastal regions, have extremely high real estate prices, making the "American Dream" of home ownership unattainable. Americans are often willing to move to new locations for employment and education.
: 2016 is an election year for the United States Donald Trump (R) and Hillary Clinton (D) are in a race for the White House.
Since the U.S. is made up of such a large land mass, as well as Alaska and Hawaii, its topography is extremely varied. You will find everything from deserts to rainforests. California features beaches and mountains, while Hawaii has volcanoes, and Alaska has glaciers and rainforests.
The Grand Canyon, located in Arizona (southwestern part of the country), is an impressive and well-known topographical feature. It is 277 river miles long, 1 mile deep, and an its widest it stretches to 18 miles.
"United States Country Profile." BBC, 2016, www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-16761057. Accessed 26 Sept. 2016. The publisher of the site is the BBC. It's mission is to inform, educate, and entertain. One of its core values includes trust; the BBC is independent, impartial and honest. A paid staff writes the articles and researches the information. BBC Monitoring is the responsbile for the Country Profiles and they have journalists who use their expertise to provide the information.