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Great Plains and Rocky Mountains

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Great Plains and Rocky Mountains
By Tania Nasrollahi
March 16, 2013

The Great Plains
the Great Plains stretches from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains.
The Missouri River, takes most of the water there into the Mississippi River.
There are places where the incline towards the Rockies is so small but so consistent for so long that to all appearances, you think you are standing on flat ground but yet a ball will quickly roll away from you.
Important places include National Parks, Fairs/Rodeos, etc.
Though there aren't many cities, a main one is Kansas City
Rocky Mountains
Rising over 14,000 feet into the sky, the Rocky Mountain Range stretches between the United States and Canada.
While the Rocky Mountains are high above sea level, in most areas, the mountains themselves are not particularly high since they rise from areas already at 4,000 to 8,000 feet above sea level.
Important cities include Denver, Boise, Colorado springs, and more.
Places include National Parks, (Yellowstone is a well known one) hiking, Ski resorts, Rodeos, etc.
Natural Resources found in the Rocky Mountains
Lead
Zinc
Copper
Silver
Gold
Lumbering
The Rockies are more noted for their many underground mines (More than the Plains, as well)
The Rocky Mountains shares similar resources with the Great Plains. (Metals, minerals, mining etc.)
Climate in the Great Plains
The climate of the Great Plains is extreme and variable
The region is affected by several different air mass types that have very different temperature and moisture properties
There is also a large threat for tornadoes in the Great Plains.
There has been a history of several tornadoes here.
the 1955 Tornado outbreak was an example of this.
Natural Resources found in the Great Plains
Gemstones
Granite
Cement
Clays
Limestone
Helium
Iron
Ore
Fluorite
Most of their resources are renewable.
There is a lot of mining in this region.
The industry has remained the same.
Climate in the Rocky Mountains
The high country of Rocky Mountain National Park is known for extreme weather patterns.
Caused by elevation, slope, and exposure, these patterns can change rapidly.
A wide variation between day and night time temperatures is also typical of mountain weather.
Summer days in July and August often reach the 70's or 80's and drop into the 40's at night. All temperatures given are in Fahrenheit.
Impact humans have had on the Great Plains
The impact humans have had has mainly to do with farming.
Humans have polluted the Great Plains with Methane gas from cows.
Also, they have cut down many trees and other things to make room for more crops.
Impact humans have had on the Rocky Mountains
Humans occupied the Rocky Mountains as far as 10,000 years ago
Mainly, the Rocky Mountains were occupied by native americans
The effect of Native Americans was much less and more natural than that of the new settlers
Rocky Mountain National Park was founded in 1915, This prevented the destruction of the natural ecosystem there.
Affect on Human Settlement (Great Plains)
The desirable farm land has led to more farmers settling.
There is less people there, not very tourist popular.
People who ski or snowboard often move near the great plains.
There has been some forest removal to make more room for farming.
Affect on Human Settlement (Rocky Mountains)
Humans typically didn't settle in the depths of The Rocky Mountains.
However, Native Americans did for a bit.
The Rocky Mountains were later preserved into a National Park.
This prevented further settlements.
People mostly settled in the flatland under the mountains.
Environment Impact on Human Settlement (Great Plains)
Describe the 2 regions you selected.

Give a basic description of each region.
What are the main geographical features of each region?
Are there any particularly interesting geographical features located in these regions?
What are some important cities or places of interest in these regions?
What are the natural resources found in these regions?

Identify renewable and nonrenewable resources in the region
What type of industry exists in these regions that relates to their natural resources?
Has the industry generally expanded or shrunk recently?
Describe the type of climate found in each region.

Are there natural hazards that are more likely to occur in these regions?
Discuss significant natural hazards in the history of these regions.
Describe the impact humans have had on the environment.

What are the main effects of humans on the environment in each region? (pollution, clear cutting forests, establishing conservation land, etc.)
The land has attracted farmers.
The land has been known for being rich in soil and the weather is ideal for farming
The Great Plains have been a common settling place for farmers for many years now.
Environment Impact on Human Settlement (Rocky Mountains)
The Rocky Mountains were always a very difficult place to settle.
The sudden weather and extreme conditions made it very hard to settle there.
There was also very few opportunities to farm because there wasn't any farmlands.
The Future (Great Plains)
The Great Plains is most probably going to continue to be farmland.
People are trying to be more "Green" and preserve the land more.
Describe the future of these regions.

What are the plans for development in these regions?
How are humans planning on making better use of the region’s resources?
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Great Plains
Rocky Mountains
Describe the impact the environment has had on human settlement.

How has human settlement changed or been affected by the environment of each region? (Now and in the past.)
Works Cited
Eardley, Armand. "Rocky Mountains (mountains, North America)." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 2014. <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/506418/Rocky-Mountains>.
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This is the location of the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains on this map.
The Future (Rocky Mountains)
The Rocky Mountains will stay an important ecological factor.
They will probably become eroded over time from natural wear down.
Rocky Mountain National Park most probably will remain a common tourist attraction.
Thank You For Listening.
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