Physical Features of the United States
Atlantic Coastal Plain
This lowland area borders the Atlantic Ocean in the eastern part of the United States. It has many excellent harbors. Many people live in the Atlantic Coastal Plain Region.
Gulf of Mexico This body of water is between the eastern coast of Mexico and the western coast of Florida. It has warmer water than the Atlantic Ocean.
St. Lawrence River A major transportation route for large ships bringing goods into Canada and the United States.
Great Lakes Five lakes located in the northern part of the United States between the U.S. and Canada. They are the largest freshwater lakes in the world.
Great Plains The flat area in the middle of the United States, west of the Interior Plains and east of the Rocky Mountains. This area consists of grasslands with no trees, and you can see for miles and miles.
Continental Divide The high peaks of the Rocky Mountains form this imaginary line known as the “backbone of North America”. On the eastern side of the divide, rivers flow toward the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico. On the western side, rivers flow toward the Pacific Ocean.
Great Basin This area is the west of the Rocky Mountains and east of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges. Many different elevations and you will find isolated mountain ranges as well as Death Valley.
Death Valley A desert valley in the Great Basin known as the lowest point in North America. Lowest, hottest, and driest point in North America. Located in Eastern California.
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