3 Facts & Figures Capital Cities: 790 miles long and 660 miles wide at its most distant points.Land Area: 261,914 sq miHighest Point: Guadalupe Peak at 8,749 ftMajor Rivers: Rio Grande, Red River, Brazos RiverCapital Cities:Houston,Austin,Washington-on-the-Brazos,Austin, since 1845Texas has one of the most distinct and recognizable shapes of all the states in the U.S.
4 The geographic center of Texas is located in McCulloch County, 15 miles NE of Brady. Longitude: 99° 27.5'W Latitude: 31° 14.6'N
5 THREE MAJOR PHYSICAL DIVISIONS Atlantic-Coastal plainGreat Plains of Central North AmericaRocky Mountain systemThe fact – that these areas join within the state – gives the region a variety and contrast in topography, climate, and resources
6 Sharing the coastal plains division with: Louisiana,Alabama,Mississippi,Florida
7 Sharing the Great Plains division with most of the Midwest
8 Mountain and Basin Division shared with most of the Western U.S.
9 Four Natural Regions Coastal Plains North Central Plains Great Plains Mountains and BasinsCopied from: Texas, by Proctor, et al
10 There are thirteen major rivers in Texas. (3) -Three rivers make up parts of the boundary of Texas:The Sabine (east), Red (north), and Rio Grande (south).(3) -The Trinity, Neches, and San Jacinto are located in East Texas.(2) -The Brazos and Colorado cut across the High Plains region.(4) -The Nueces, San Antonio, Guadalupe, and Lavaca flow eastward from Central Texas.(1) -The Canadian River is an unusual Texas river, in that it flows northeast across the Panhandle, emptying into the Arkansas River.Know these and their location on the Texas map