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THE MIDWEST States
Midwest Environment Rainfall decreases… Steppe – Prairie – Forest SPF
Midwest Agriculture Conditions for agri. – Terrain – Soil
Midwest Agriculture Water – Rain – Groundwater Ogallala Aquifer Irrigation
Corn “Corn Belt”
Corn Used for: – 20% – 40%
Soybeans Easier to grow… – Effect on soil – Climate tolerance
Soybeans Uses Uses:
Wheat States Drier…
Dairy Farming States
Problems with Midwest Agriculture Unpredictable … Small farmers - vulnerable – Family farms – Corporate farms – Rural population
US Manufacturing Belt Great Lakes to Northeast Why there? – Resources … – Water transport… – Large markets (cities) … – Historical events…
US Auto Industry Detroit, MI Henry Ford – Detroit native – Improved … – Assembly line “Big Three” US auto makers – Based in … – Decline … Competition …
Detroit, MI Detroit Pistons “Motor City” “Motown”
Ohio Manufacturing – Affected by … – Cleveland On … Between: – Akron – Toledo IRON COAL
Michigan 2 Peninsulas – Lower Peninsula – Upper Pen. Surrounded by …
Sault Ste Marie, MI Canal between Lakes …
Battle Creek, MI
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Detroit Ethnicity City of Detroit – Black – Median family income Oakland County (suburb) – White – Median family income 8 Mile Road
Detroit Ethnicity Arab-Americans
Indianapolis Capital Hub Auto industry
Gary, IN Industry
South Bend, IN University
Southern Indiana Quarries Bloomington “Breaking Away”
Illinois Chicago – 3 rd largest city… – On Lake _______________ – Canal to link Chicago to … – Water access …
Chicago Railway hub Air hub Economic center of Midwest
Wisconsin Main cities … Forests …
Wisconsin German immigrants Milwaukee
Minnesota Prairie/Forest Transition
Minnesota Voyageurs Nat’l Park
Mesabi Range Iron Ore … Duluth…
Minnesota Lake of the Woods
Minnesota Source of the Mississippi River – Falls … Head of navigation…
Minneapolis-St. Paul “Twin Cities” Immigrants
Minneapolis-St. Paul Original home to … Now… Target Center…
Minneapolis-St. Paul Food Processing 3M
Minneapolis-St. Paul Mall of America
Iowa Xlnt Soil & Agriculture Rural Urban migration
Missouri Mississippi River… Missouri River… St. Louis … – “Gateway to the _______”
Kansas City, MO Largest city… On _____________ River Start of overland trails westward
Ozark Plateau, MO Branson
Joplin, MO 2011
Kansas Severe weather
Kansas Tornado Damage
Kansas Winter Wheat – Planted in … – Sprouts before … – Harvested …
Wichita, KS Largest city – Manufacturing
Nebraska Platte River Oregon Trail… Chimney Rock
Nebraska Settled mainly from 1860s Homestead Act, 1862 Trans-Continental RR, 1869
Omaha, NE Largest City
South Dakota Higher elevations … Black Hills
South Dakota ______________ Indians Chief Crazy Horse Monument Pine Ridge Reservation
South Dakota Badlands Nat’l Park
Sioux Falls, SD Largest city
North Dakota Red River on eastern border – Old …. – Xlnt soil – Spring Wheat
North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt Nat’l Park
North Dakota Missouri River dams
Missouri River Lewis & Clark Expedition ( )
North Dakota Energy Resources
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