Presentation on theme: "Central Plains Region ~ Location, Landforms, Important Cities"— Presentation transcript:
1Central Plains Region ~ Location, Landforms, Important Cities The regions of texasCentral Plains Region ~ Location, Landforms, Important Cities
2Central plains region ~ Location Part of the Great Central Plains of the USLocated in central portion of the stateNorthern border is the Red RiverSouthern tip is the city of AustinThe Colorado River is the southwestern boundaryWest border is the Cap Rock EscarpmentPage 30 of textbook ~ How else can you describe the location of this regionASK: What state borders the Central Plains? What other rivers flow through this region? Do the originate here or elsewhere? Review the terminology of plain (flat land)
3Central plains region ~ landforms What are landforms?RiversColorado RiverBrazos RiverRed RiverLakesLake Travis is near AustinHillsHill Country~just the Western edgePlains
4Central plains region ~ geographic features Rolling grassy landsThick grassesCross Timbers area - large areas of hardwood treesLimestone rockHigher elevation because limestone doesn't wear down easily
5Central plains regions ~ important cities AustinCapitol of TexasLocated on edge of Central Plains and Gulf Coastal Plain RegionHilly areaLake TravisOn Colorado RiverUT (major university)State Capitol Building
6Central plains regions ~ important cities Fort WorthFamous for cattle industry in the pastLonghorns in StockyardsStockyards in 1940’s
7Central plains regions ~ important cities AbileneTwo major colleges (ACU, Hardin-Simmons)Major stop on cattle drives1875Abilene today
8Central plains regions ~ important cities KilleenFort Hood ~ Army baseWichita FallsFarming landCattleCotton industrySan AngeloHunting area
10Central Plains Region ~ Climate, Plants, Animals Regions of texasCentral Plains Region ~ Climate, Plants, Animals
11Central plains region ~ Climate Precipitation20-30 inches per yearDry airWill not feel as hot as in the Coastal Plains even with same temperatureCools off at nightTornadoesWeather conditions produce several tornadoes each yearHow does the precipitation compare to the Coastal Plains Region.
12Central plains region ~ Climate Note here the size difference of these tornadoes. Not always raining!!!Tornadoes can be small or large. They can develop quickly. There is a lot of open land in the Central Plains, so the effects of the damage depends on whether the storm hit an open area or a heavily populated one.
13Central plains region ~ Plants Cedar TreesUsed for making fence posts (important to farmers)Tall grassesWildflowersMany in the Hill Country
14Central plains region ~ Animals Bald EagleArmadilloArmadillos live all over the state, but are in abundance in this region.Defense from Predators
15Central plains region ~ Animals Horned LizardWhite-tailed Deer
16Central plains region ~ Animals RattlesnakesCoyotesCoyotes and snakes live all over the state.