15Location of Coastal Region Covers 1/3 of the land of TexasNortheast border is the Sabine RiverSoutheast border is the Gulf of MexicoWest border is the Balcones Escarpment
16Coastal Animals….Many kinds of animals live in the coastal region… To name a few…QuailHawksOwlsHundreds of other birdsBald eagleWhite tail deerFoxesSkunksRiver ottersBobcatsAlligators in the marshes!!! Some weigh up to 500 lbs!!!
18PLANTSThe land along the Gulf Coast is very near sea level. It is hard for water to drain off the land, since there is nowhere lower for the water to go. Much of the coast of Texas is made up of marshes----wetlands where a variety of tall grasses grow.
19Way of life….The gulf coast is a major center of economic activity. The marshlands provide breeding grounds for ocean life, which make the fish and shrimp businesses very important.The port of Houston is one of the 10 busiest ports in the world.
20Oil & GasAlong the coastal region you will find many oil rigs that are on-shore and off-shore….The ocean gives easy access to ship the oil and gas to where it needs to go..
21Coastal Cities…… Austin Houston Dallas (on the border of Central Plains)San AntonioTexarkanaCorpus ChristiBrownsville
22Coastal Climate……. Hot and damp, humid Tornadoes, hurricanes 30-55 inches of rain per year
24Location of Central Plains The Great Plains include the Llano Estacado, the Panhandle, Edwards Plateau, Toyah Basin and the Llano Uplift.It is border on the east by the Caprock Escarpment in the panhandle and by the Balcones Fault to the southeast.Picture of Edwards Plateau
26Central Plain - Plants Blue bonnets Indian Paintbrush Texas Oak Trees Mesquite TreesBaldcypress Trees
27Central Plains Climate Central Texas is shaped by its many rivers and hills. The climate is subtropical.In a single year the region can receive up to 48 inches of rain, and flooding is common near rivers and in low lying areas.
28Central Plain Cities….. Austin Waco Fredericksburg Llano The Hill Country is a popular name for the area of hills along the Balcones Fault and is a transitional area between the Great Plains and the Gulf Coastal Plains.
29Location of Central Plains The Great Plains include the Llano Estacado, the Panhandle, Edwards Plateau, Toyah Basin and the Llano Uplift.It is border on the east by the Caprock Escarpment in the panhandle and by the Balcones Fault to the southeast.Picture of Edwards Plateau
33Location of High Plains Northeast TexasThe Colorado and Red River border the High Plains.Geographic Features:Rolling grassy landsThick grassesCross Timbers area - large areas of hardwood treesLimestone rockHigher elevation because limestone doesn't wear down easily
34ClimateDry airTornadoes20-30 inches of rain per year
35Way of Life Farming - fruits, vegetables, watermelons, oats Ranching - cattle, angora goats (mohair)Cedar trees – fence postsOil and gas