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The Seven Natural Regions of America
Transcript of The Seven Natural Regions of America
Pacific Coastal Plains
The Pacific Coastal Plains is located along the Pacific Ocean, stretching from Alaska to Mexico. This region has many active volcanoes. The Cascade and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges are in the region. The western valleys of this region have many high-quality fruits are grown there. The San Andreas Fault sometimes causes earthquakes in this area.
East of the Pacific Coastal Plains lays the Western Plateau, also known as the Great Basin. This region goes from Washington to Mexico. One beautiful spot in this region is the Colorado Plateau with all of it's beautiful natural landforms and arches. Farming is not available in the south part of this region, but in the north farming can be achieved through irrigation.
The Rocky Mountain Range is the largest mountain range in North America. It starts in Canada and stretches to central New Mexico. Most of these peaks are more than 12,000 feet high! The tallest peak of these large mountains is Mt. Elbert in Colorado, this is 14,433 feet tall! Crossing the Rockies was a big problem for settlers in the 1800's trying to move West. The Continental Divide resides in the Rocky Mountains, on the west side of this line all the streams and rivers flow to the Pacific Ocean. On the right side of this line all the rivers and streams flow to the Atlantic Ocean. The Southern part of the Rocky Mountains have lots of trees. The Northern part of this mountain range only can have grass, moss, and lichen grow in it.
This region is the largest region in the United States, this region is located in the center of the country. The Western part of this large region has good grassland for the grazing cattle, that part also has great, rich soil for farming. Other parts of this region have oil and coal deposits. The Mississippi River flows throughout this large place. This region appears to once have been a great sea.
This region starts in New England and continues through Florida to end at the Gulf of Mexico. The area around the gulf has grasslands and farms. The gulf area also has large oil deposits, there is also natural gas deposits. The southern states of this region have good farmland, from that they grow peanuts,cotton, tobacco and, lots of other products.
Atlantic Coastal Plains
This rocky region begins in Maine and goes down to Alabama. The Appalachian Mountains are not as tall as the Rockies, but they still are big. Going through the Appalachians used to make transportation difficult, but the rivers going through this range made spaces of flat terrain, this gave people places to make railroads and highways. Up high in the mountains, minerals and coal are mined. In the valleys farming is a huge activity. Since the mountains are covered with forests logging is another big part of the economy of this region.
This region is composed of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. It's physical features are mostly plateau. This land cannot have farming, but there is lots of forests with Oak, Hickory, Cedar, and Pine trees. There is lots of underground caverns in this region. If you go to the Ozark Highlands you will find lots of man-made water reservoirs. Also, the Ozark Highlands are not very high!
By: Nate Kovacs, Emma Breidenich, Joey Darmanin, and Luke Stimac