Presentation on theme: "Unit I: Mississippi Geography"— Presentation transcript:
1 Unit I: Mississippi Geography MS StudiesUnit I: Mississippi GeographyCoach Johnston
2 5 Themes of GeographyLocation – every place has a specific location on earth.Place – every place has physical (natural) and cultural (man made) characteristics.Human-Environment Interaction – how humans use and interact with the environment.Movement – the ways we are linked with regions, cultures, and people beyond our immediate environmentRegions – Regions are defined as areas with similar characteristics
4 Mississippi Geographical Regions Four GeographicalRegionsDeltaHillsPiney WoodsGulf Coast
5 Mississippi Climate and Weather MS has a humid subtropical climate.Summers are hot and winters are cool.State is humid and has ample rainfallMS climate & rainfall helped create an agricultural stateAvg. Temp. in MS is 62°FHighest Ever 115°FLowest Ever - 19°FAvg. Precipitation is 52’’ per year60’’ on the Gulf Coast
8 Natural Hazards of Mississippi T-Storms are frequent and can result in floodingLightning is a problem in MSTornadoes – 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
11 The Earth’s Spheres 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 Water in MississippiSurface 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 Rivers of MississippiMS 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 systemsYazoo, Big Black, Homochitto, & Bayou Pierre-Coles Creek Rivers drain into the MSNoxubee-Tombigbee, Pearl, Amite, Pascagoula, & Biloxi-Wolf-Jourdan rivers drain into the south.
14 Mississippi Reservoirs Reservoirs are used as flood control measure. They capture and hold flood waters.MS has 6 major ReservoirsPickwick Lake Enid LakeArkabulta Lake Grenada LakeSardis Lake Ross Barnett Reservoir
16 Mississippi Landform Regions MS is part of the Gulf Coastal PlainAll lands in MS are fairly low elevationThe highest point in MS is Woodall Mountain (806 ft above sea level)MS has 10 landform regionsTombigbee Hills Loess Hills (Bluff Hills)Black Prairie Yazoo Basin (Delta)Pontotoc Ridge Jackson PrairieFlatwoods Pine Hills (Piney Woods)North Central Hills Gulf Coastal Meadows
23 Mississippi Soil Regions MS has historically been an agricultural state.MS has 4 general soil regions.HillsAlluvial Plain (Delta)Loess HillsBlack Prairie
24 Mississippi Minerals MS has very few minerals Petroleum and Natural Gas in SouthGravel & SandLimestoneFire Clay
25 Biota Biota describes the Flora & Fauna of a region Flora Fauna MS is 55% forestedMagnolias, Oak, Hickory, Pine, Gum, CypressFaunaMS has squirrels, white-tailed deer, rabbit, raccoons, opossums, foxesFreshwater and saltwater fish & migratory birds.