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Regions. May be defined by cultural and physical features. Physical Regions of the US. There are seven major physical regions plus Hawaii. They differ in landforms. Pacific Coast. Mountains - Cascades and Sierra Nevada Dense forests - add beauty

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Regions

Regions

May be defined by cultural and physical features


Physical regions of the us
Physical Regions of the US

  • There are seven major physical regions plus Hawaii.

  • They differ in landforms.


Pacific coast
Pacific Coast

  • Mountains - Cascades and Sierra Nevada

  • Dense forests - add beauty

  • Fertile mountain valleys make farming profitable.


Intermountain region
Intermountain Region

  • Isolated ridges

  • High plateaus

  • Deserts

  • Deep canyons (Grand Canyon)

  • Limited population


Rocky mountains
Rocky Mountains

  • Go from Alaska to New Mexico

  • Thinly populated

  • Tourist attractions


Interior plains
Interior Plains

  • East of Rockies

  • West of Appalachians

  • Great Plains - western part

  • Central Plains - eastern part - wetter

    more industrialized

    Farming – important economic activity


Canadian shield
Canadian Shield

  • Most of it is in Canada

  • Extends into Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan

  • Rich in minerals

  • Heavily forested

  • No major cities


Appalachian mountains
Appalachian Mountains

  • Stretch from Canada to Alabama

  • Separate Central Plains from Coastal Plains

  • Rivers have cut very deep valleys or gaps through the mountains


Coastal plains
Coastal Plains

Touch Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico

Divided in two:

Atlantic Plains – in North have Boston/NYC

Gulf Plains – in South have Houston and New

Orleans rich in oil


Cultural regions
Cultural Regions

  • These are areas that are defined by human aspects not landforms.

  • Examples: religion

    language

    traditions

    food

    interests

    dress


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