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1 Map Skills Physical Features & Man-Made Features Mrs. Walker 4 th Grade

2 Atlantic Coastal Plain


4 2,220 miles from New York to Florida It includes many rivers, marshes and swamps Soil is rich for agriculture

5 Great Plains


7 Just east of the Rocky Mountains Large expanses of grasslands with few trees Climate is harsh with dust storms, difficult winters and low rainfall Homestead Act of 1862 gave people the incentive to move to this region (westward expansion)

8 Continental Divide


10 “ The Great Divide” (drainage divide) Separates the “watersheds” of the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic/Artic Oceans Runs from Alaska along the Rocky Mountains to the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico

11 The Great Basin


13 Largest interior watershed in the United States Collection basin that has no outflow to rivers or ocean Arid (dry) conditions Covers a wide area of land from Reno, Nevada to Salt Lake City, Utah.

14 Death Valley


16 Death Valley- View from space

17 Death Valley Located in Eastern California Hottest and driest location in North America Average high in July is 116 degrees Fahrenheit. Record high of 134 degrees Fahrenheit. Badwater Basin is located in Death Valley. The lowest elevation in America, 282 feet below sea level.

18 Gulf of Mexico


20 Ocean basin surrounded by North America and the island of Cuba Called the “third coast” Known for its warm beautiful, clear waters

21 Great Lakes


23 Collection of freshwater lakes on the Canada and United States border Connected to the Atlantic Ocean by the St. Lawrence River Made of 5 Lakes (HOMES): Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior Major source of trade and aquatic species

24 St. Lawrence River


26 Large river connecting the Great Lakes and Atlantic Ocean. Forms part of the international boundary between Ontario, Canada and New York.

27 New York City, NY


29 New York City, NY (1920)

30 New York City, NY (Today)

31 New York City, NY Crucial city during the Revolutionary War Seized by the British in 1776 Throughout history continued to be an important city for trade Today it is the most populous city in the United States

32 Boston, MA

33 Boston, MA (1918)

34 Boston, MA (Today)

35 Boston, MA Central role in American history Settled by Puritans in 1630 Center of trade for New England region American Revolutionary War erupted here in reaction Boston Tea Party

36 Philadelphia, PA

37 Philadelphia, PA (1920)

38 Philadelphia, PA (Today)

39 Philadelphia, PA Founded in 1682 by William Penn 1750- Busiest and largest city in British America Played an instrumental role during the Revolutionary War Meeting place for the Founding Fathers

40 Erie Canal


42 363 miles from Albany, NY (Hudson River) to Buffalo, NY (Lake Erie) Navigable water route from Atlantic Ocean to Great Lakes Completed in October 1825 Cut transportation costs for goods by 95%

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