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Unit I: Mississippi Geography Coach Johnston. 1. Location – every place has a specific location on earth. 2. Place – every place has physical (natural)

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1 Unit I: Mississippi Geography Coach Johnston

2 1. Location – every place has a specific location on earth. 2. Place – every place has physical (natural) and cultural (man made) characteristics. 3. Human-Environment Interaction – how humans use and interact with the environment. 4. Movement – the ways we are linked with regions, cultures, and people beyond our immediate environment 5. Regions – Regions are defined as areas with similar characteristics

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4  Four Geographical Regions  Delta  Hills  Piney Woods  Gulf Coast

5  MS has a humid subtropical climate.  Summers are hot and winters are cool.  State is humid and has ample rainfall  MS climate & rainfall helped create an agricultural state  Avg. Temp. in MS is 62°F  Highest Ever 115°F  Lowest Ever - 19°F  Avg. Precipitation is 52’’ per year  60’’ on the Gulf Coast

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8  T-Storms are frequent and can result in flooding  Lightning is a problem in MS  Tornadoes – measured on the Fujita Scale (F1-F5)  Hurricanes – measured by the Saffir-Simpson Scale (1-5)  Earthquakes – low chance, but NW MS does sit near the New Madrid Fault

9 Fujita Scale Saffir-Simpson Scale

10 Hurricane Katrina

11  Atmosphere – The Earth’s gases.  Lithosphere – all of the Earth’s land.  Hydrosphere – all of the Earth’s water.  Biosphere – all of the Earth’s life.

12  Surface Water – trapped in lakes, ponds, rivers, oceans, etc.  Groundwater – below the earths surface.  Aquifers – when groundwater accumulates & is brought to the surface through springs or wells.

13  MS River makes up most of MS’s western border. The river is 2,438 miles long.  MS River drains the interior of the U.S. between the Rocky & Appalachian Mts.  MS has 9 major river systems  Yazoo, Big Black, Homochitto, & Bayou Pierre-Coles Creek Rivers drain into the MS  Noxubee-Tombigbee, Pearl, Amite, Pascagoula, & Biloxi-Wolf- Jourdan rivers drain into the south.

14  Reservoirs are used as flood control measure. They capture and hold flood waters.  MS has 6 major Reservoirs 1. Pickwick Lake 4. Enid Lake 2. Arkabulta Lake 5. Grenada Lake 3. Sardis Lake 6. Ross Barnett Reservoir

15 MS Rivers MS Rivers Drainage

16  MS is part of the Gulf Coastal Plain  All lands in MS are fairly low elevation  The highest point in MS is Woodall Mountain (806 ft above sea level)  MS has 10 landform regions Tombigbee Hills Loess Hills (Bluff Hills) Black Prairie Yazoo Basin (Delta) Pontotoc Ridge Jackson Prairie Flatwoods Pine Hills (Piney Woods) North Central Hills Gulf Coastal Meadows

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18 Black Prairie Tombigbee Hills Jackson Prairie

19 Flatwoods North Central Hills

20 Loess Bluff Pontotoc Ridge

21 Yazoo Basin (Delta)

22 Coastal Meadow Pine Hills (Piney Woods)

23  MS has historically been an agricultural state.  MS has 4 general soil regions. 1. Hills 2. Alluvial Plain (Delta) 3. Loess Hills 4. Black Prairie

24  MS has very few minerals  Petroleum and Natural Gas in South  Gravel & Sand  Limestone  Fire Clay

25  Biota describes the Flora & Fauna of a region  Flora  MS is 55% forested  Magnolias, Oak, Hickory, Pine, Gum, Cypress  Fauna  MS has squirrels, white-tailed deer, rabbit, raccoons, opossums, foxes  Freshwater and saltwater fish & migratory birds.

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33 MS has 4 major Ecoregions 1.Coastal Meadows 2.Hilly Coastal Plain 3.Loess/Bluff Hills 4.Alluvial Plain

34  Coastal Meadows  Mainly flat plains, barrier islands, marshes, lagoons, swampy lowlands  Hilly Coastal Plain  ½ of MS Land. Forest, Pasture, & Crops  Loess/Bluff Hills  Forest & Cropland. Portions great for Agriculture  Alluvial Plain  Fertile Soil. Large wetland system. Levees control flooding


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