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The Midwest Included States: Michigan (MI), Ohio (OH), Indiana (IN), Illinois (IL), Iowa (IA), Wisconsin (WS), Minnesota (MN), and Missouri (MO). Regions.

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1 The Midwest Included States: Michigan (MI), Ohio (OH), Indiana (IN), Illinois (IL), Iowa (IA), Wisconsin (WS), Minnesota (MN), and Missouri (MO). Regions of the United States

2 Physical Geography of Midwest Flat landscape, with river basins. Flat landscape, with river basins. Distinctive Great Lakes, which provide for shipping. Distinctive Great Lakes, which provide for shipping. Climate of the Midwest: Humid Continental climate Humid Continental climate No Dry Season- receives precipitation throughout the year. No Dry Season- receives precipitation throughout the year. Cold, snowy winters & hot summers. Cold, snowy winters & hot summers. Moderate growing season Moderate growing season Vegetation is mixed forests with deciduous and coniferous trees. Vegetation is mixed forests with deciduous and coniferous trees.

3 Historical Geography of the Midwest Historically known as the breadbasket of the U.S., as this is also an agricultural region. Historically known as the breadbasket of the U.S., as this is also an agricultural region. Also known as a manufacturing, blue-collar hub of the U.S. Also known as a manufacturing, blue-collar hub of the U.S. Immigrant groups from: Immigrant groups from: –Scots Presbyterians settled in Pennsylvania –Dutch Amish and Quakers settled in Ohio and Indiana –German Lutherans settled in Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois and Eastern Missouri –Swedes and Norwegians settled in Wisconsin and Minnesota –Poles, Hungarians, German Catholics, and Jews settled in Midwestern cities

4 Population Large cities include Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Cleveland, Milwaukee, and Detroit Large cities include Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Cleveland, Milwaukee, and Detroit The region is evenly distributed. The region is evenly distributed. Population is dense along the Great Lakes. Population is dense along the Great Lakes.

5 Economic Geography Dairy Farming in Wisconsin and Minnesota Dairy Farming in Wisconsin and Minnesota Fruit Orchards in Michigan Fruit Orchards in Michigan Corn in Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa Corn in Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa Manufacturing in urban cities along Great Lakes, like Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago Manufacturing in urban cities along Great Lakes, like Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago Shipping on the Great Lakes & Mississippi River Shipping on the Great Lakes & Mississippi River

6 Breadbasket of the USA Corn, soybeans, wheat, and fruit orchards are common throughout the Midwest. Corn, soybeans, wheat, and fruit orchards are common throughout the Midwest. Dairy products are famous in Wisconsin Dairy products are famous in Wisconsin Cultural Geography Urban centers settled by many immigrant groups, creating ethnic, racial, and religious diversity in cities. Urban centers settled by many immigrant groups, creating ethnic, racial, and religious diversity in cities. Rural areas largely populated by Anglo Protestant farmers. Rural areas largely populated by Anglo Protestant farmers. Foods reflect the cultural and physical diversity: Chicago style pizza, Polish bakeries, Wisconsin cheese, and Michigan’s apple cider mills and fruit orchards. Foods reflect the cultural and physical diversity: Chicago style pizza, Polish bakeries, Wisconsin cheese, and Michigan’s apple cider mills and fruit orchards.

7 Regions of the United States The Great Plains Includes: Kansas (KS), Nebraska (NE), South Dakota (SD), & North Dakota (ND). Includes: Kansas (KS), Nebraska (NE), South Dakota (SD), & North Dakota (ND).

8 Physical Geography of the Great Plains  Also called the High Plains *Elevation increases gradually as you go west.  Generally flat with some rolling hills.  Major River Basins: Red R., Arkansas River, Platte River, and the Missouri River.  Mostly Steppe climate (Grasslands).  Receives little rainfall. *less than 18” a year on avg *Irrigation important for crops  Cold Winters, especially in the northern areas.

9 Historical Geography of the Great Plains Originally home to several Indigenous cultures, most notably the Sioux, the Cheyenne, and the Arapaho. Originally home to several Indigenous cultures, most notably the Sioux, the Cheyenne, and the Arapaho. The site of conflict between the native people and the American settlers. The site of conflict between the native people and the American settlers. The Great Plains was also used for cattle grazing and cattle drives. The Great Plains was also used for cattle grazing and cattle drives. Many of the cities in this area were founded as Railroad hubs for cattle. Many of the cities in this area were founded as Railroad hubs for cattle.

10 Homestead Act of 1862 This act provided each settler with 160 acres of land, as long as he cultivated the land. This act provided each settler with 160 acres of land, as long as he cultivated the land. This caused a rush of settlers to the Great Plains region in the 1800s. This caused a rush of settlers to the Great Plains region in the 1800s. Ironically, the Great Plains has lost a third of its population since Kansas has 6,000 ghost towns. Ironically, the Great Plains has lost a third of its population since Kansas has 6,000 ghost towns.

11 Population of the Great Plains Two words: Rural and declining. Economic Activity  Wheat – an important crop –spring wheat major in the north –winter wheat (Kansas) –Also corn, sunflowers, oats, sorghums, barley, and livestock Cattle are also a primary economic activity in the Great Plains. Cattle are also a primary economic activity in the Great Plains.

12 Ogallala (High Plains) Aquifer Because there is little rainfall, farmers use the Aquifers to irrigate crops. The Ogallala is one of the largest in the U.S., but it is be depleted at a high rate. Because there is little rainfall, farmers use the Aquifers to irrigate crops. The Ogallala is one of the largest in the U.S., but it is be depleted at a high rate. The Aquifer runs from the Texas panhandles to Nebraska. Almost the entire state of Nebraska lies on top of the Aquifer. The Aquifer runs from the Texas panhandles to Nebraska. Almost the entire state of Nebraska lies on top of the Aquifer.


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