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United States Regions
Transcript of United States Regions
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The Southeast "O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain..." -from "America, the Beautiful" The Midwest "...keep it for your children, your children's children, and for all who came after you..."
-President Theodore Roosevelt, 1903, on his first visit to the Grand Canyon The Southwest A Journey through the United States The Northeast "Gradually from week to week the character of each tree came out...reflected in the smooth mirror of the lake." -Henry David Thoreau A region is an area in which places share similar characteristics. Major Landforms Green Mountains White Mountains Catskill Mountains The oldest mountain range in North America is the Appalachian Mountain Range. It runs from Canada to Alabama and includes many smaller ranges in the Northeast. Water Not only is Niagara Falls a natural wonder but it also the largest producer of electricity in New York State. All but two of the Northeast states share their borders with the Atlantic Ocean. Resources Grapes
Marble History 1620 1892 1787 A colony was founded at Plymouth, Mass. 1776 The Declaration of Independence was signed. The U.S. Constitution was written. 1820 The first of several waves of immigration to the U.S. began. Ellis Island immigration station was opened. Landforms The Appalachian Mountains extend through the Southeast region. The Southeast region contains beaches and wetlands all along the coast. As you move farther inland from the coast, the elevation of the land increases. Climate The mild climates of the Southeast attract many tourists. Hurricanes are dangerous storms that can strike the coastal areas of the Southeast. Resources Agriculture Oranges
Peaches Peanuts Soybeans
Corn Tobacco Sugarcane Rice Cotton In 2005, Hurricane Katrina caused from 100-200 billion dollars in damage. A Route to the Sea The Great Lakes formed thousands of years ago from glaciers carving channels in the land and then filling them with melted ice. The Great Lakes are linked to the Mississippi River through the Illinois Waterway and to the Atlantic Ocean through the St. Lawrence Seaway. The waterways of the Midwest provide an inexpensive way for people to ship products worldwide. Land of the Great Plains The badlands of South Dakota have formed over millions of years. Badlands are regions of dry hills and sharp cliffs formed of crumbling rock. A prairie surrounds the Badlands. A prairie is an area where grasses grow well, but trees are rare. The farmland of the Central Plains is known as the Corn Belt. Resources *Rich soil and a long growing season help make the Midwest an important agricultural region. *Corn and soybeans are two main crops grown on the Central Plains. Wheat and other grains are main crops grown on the Great Plains. *Irrigation has made it possible for farmers on the Great Plains to grow more types of crops. A Land of Canyons *The Grand Canyon is a magnificent land form located in Arizona.
*Erosion carved out and is still carving the features of the canyon.
*Native Americans, Spanish explorers, miners, and tourists have played a part in the history of the Grand Canyon. Climates in the Southwest *The Southwest region has a variety of climates with wide differences in temperature and precipitation. *Much of the Southwest has an arid climate, but not all of the region is desert. *Because Texas is so large, the state has several types of climate. The eastern part of Texas has a hot, humid climate. Western Texas is also hot, but it is usually dry. *The saguaro is a cactus that is well suited to growing in the Sonoran Desert of the Southwest. It is the symbol of the Southwest. Resources Oil is a nonrenewable natural resource found in the Southwest. Technology is important to the economy of the Southwest. Oil Products Gasoline Airplane Fuel Medicines Fibers for Clothing Detergents Asphalt for roads Motor oil
and other lubricants The West "Climb the mountains...Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees." Climates in the West Many areas of the western region have very cold winter temperatures. This includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and parts of Washington. Unlike the wintry areas of the northern part of the region, parts of the West have warm weather throughout the year. Temperatures in some parts of California and Hawaii rarely drop below freezing. *The Rocky Mountains extends more than 3,000 miles from New Mexico north through Canada and into Alaska. *The Rockies are a large system of mountains that support many kinds of plants and animals. *The West has a variety of mountain ranges. A Land of Mountains Yellowstone National Park *It is the oldest national park in the world. It was established in 1872. *The park covers more than 2.2 million acres of the northwest corner of Wyoming. *Attractions at Yellowstone National Park include geysers, hot springs, and lots of wildlife. Resources *The West produces a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, and nuts. *Raising livestock, fishing, and mining are important industries in the West. *The timber industry in the West provides a variety of wood products.