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1 United States Map Political Map
Physical Map: Label the following: Appalachian Mountains Gulf Of California Rocky Mountains Gulf of Mexico Mt. McKinley Great Basin Great Lakes- Each one Great Plains Mississippi River Coastal Plain Colorado River Rio Grande Political Map Label all states and color (using at least 5-6 colors)

2 North America Physical Features

3 Landform Regions United States and Canada make up 80% of the continent
Major landform regions of the United States and Canada generally stretch from North to South Eastern Coastal plain Piedmont (area at or near foot of a mountain region) Appalachian Mountains Canadian Shield Rocky Mountains Pacific Coast Region


5 Dividing Up America!! Three main features
Appalachian Mountains were created by the collision of the North American plate with the African plate Highest peak in the Appalachian Mts.- 6,000 feet Interior Plains Mississippi River and its tributaries drain this region Includes the Great Lakes-formed by glaciers Rocky Mountains-From New Mexico to Canada Some of the highest peaks reach 14,000!

6 The Ring of Fire!!!! A Tectonically active region around the edges of the pacific Many active volcanoes and earthquake faults Most of United States is on the North American plate except for some places in California (on the pacific plate) Alaska and Hawaii are also in a geologically active area Hawaiian Islands are the tops of submerged volcanoes

7 Bodies of Water Continental Divide-Created by the Rockies, divides rivers flowing east and west Major River Systems Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio (Flow East) St. Lawrence System Western Rivers- Colorado, Columbia, Yukon (Flow West) Major Lakes Great Lakes in US Great Bear and Great Slave in Canada

8 Climates Tropical Wet and Dry- Southern tip of Florida and parts of Hawaii Humid Subtropical- Most of Southeastern US Humid Continental- Northeast US and Southern and SE Canada Semi-Arid-Great Plains, parts of MT. regions Highland- Rocky mountains Marine West Coast- Southeast Alaska and Northern California Mediterranean- South and Central California Tropical Humid- Parts of Hawaii Tundra- Far North America Subarctic- Most of Canada and Alaska


10 Natural Resources Farming- Forests- Water-
Variety of soils and climates Abundant crops and livestock Forests- Leading producers of wood and paper Water- Plentiful supplies Irrigation and Hydroelectric power

11 Resources of the United States
US is the world’s leading agricultural producer Only about 3% of the population farms But we still feed our people and have enough to export!!! Great Plains region- great for corn, soybeans, and wheat The US has 25% of the world’s coal reserves and is a major coal exporter Appalachians, Rockies, and Interior Plains

12 US is a major oil producer but uses more than it produces
Gulf Coast, California, and Alaska We have valuable mineral resources: Iron, copper, lead, zinc, gold, and silver

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