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Western United States. Alaska. Washington. Montana. Oregon. Idaho. Wyoming. Label the States. Nevada. Utah. Colorado. California. Arizona. New Mexico. Hawaii. Arctic Ocean. Alaska. Bering Sea. Washington. Columbia River. Missouri River. Montana. Gulf of Alaska. Oregon.

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Western united states

Western United States


Western united states

Alaska

Washington

Montana

Oregon

Idaho

Wyoming

Label the States

Nevada

Utah

Colorado

California

Arizona

New Mexico

Hawaii


Western united states

Arctic Ocean

Alaska

Bering

Sea

Washington

Columbia River

Missouri River

Montana

Gulf of

Alaska

Oregon

Idaho

Wyoming

Rocky Mountains

Pacific

Ocean

Great

Salt Lake

Nevada

Utah

Colorado

Physical Features

California

Colorado River

Arizona

New Mexico

Hawaii


Western united states1

Western United States

  • There are 13 states in the Western Region

  • It is the largest region of the United States


Physical features

Physical Features

  • The Rocky Mountainsare North America’s largest mountain range.

    • Melting snow from the Rockies formed rivers including the Rio Grande, The Missouri, and The Colorado

    • Landforms vary greatly

  • Good land for farming

  • Tall Grass Prairiesfor ranching

  • Coastal areasfor fishing

  • Great Plains

  • Deserts

  • Basins

  • Volcanoes


Alaska

Alaska

  • Purchased from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million

  • William Seward (Sec. of State) bought it

  • the 49th state - 1959


The hawaiian islands

The Hawaiian Islands

  • 8 major islands; 100 smaller

  • actually volcanic mountains “poking” through Pacific

  • 1900 became USA territory; 1959 became USA state (50th state)


Climate weather

Climate/Weather

What is this?

The Pacific Ring of Fire

The Ring of Fire 2:50


Climate weather1

Climate/Weather

  • Pacific Ring of Fire

  • Region is subject toearthquakes, volcano eruptions, and hot spots(In middle of a plate where magma reaches surface. Warms water and shoots steam into air known as Geysers)

  • Extreme variance in seasonal temperature and rainfall(Alaska to Hawaii!)

  • Semiarid Climatein general in western states that fall in the contiguous 48 states

sem·i·ar·id (s m - r d) adj.

Characterized by relatively low annual rainfall of 25 to 50 centimeters (10 to 20 inches) and having scrubby vegetation with short, coarse grasses; not completely arid.


The pacific ring of fire

Climate/Weather

The Pacific Ring of Fire

Plate Tectonics 3:49


Climate weather the ring of fire

Climate/WeatherThe Ring of Fire

Ring of Fire explanation 1:33

The large series of volcanoes (some active) encircling the Pacific Ocean are referred to as being part of the Ring of Fire, and notorious for frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The Ring of Fire, coinciding with the edges of one of the world's main tectonic plates, (the Pacific Plate) contains over 450 volcanoes and is home to approximately 75% of the world's active volcanoes. Nearly 90% of the world's earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire; most recently, the devastating quakes in Chile, Japan and New Zealand.

Ring of Fire information 2:11 (earthquakes)


Earthquakes top earthquake states

EarthquakesTop Earthquake States

1. Alaska

2. California

3. Hawaii

4. Nevada

5. Washington

6. Idaho

7. Wyoming

8. Montana

9. Utah

10. Oregon


Volcanoes pacific ring of fire

VolcanoesPacific Ring of Fire

Cycle of Heated Gas 1:14


Volcanoes mt st helens washington state

VolcanoesMt. St. Helens, Washington State

  • The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens was the most significant to occur in the contiguous 48 U.S. states in recorded history

  • The eruption was preceded by a two-month series of earthquakes and steam-venting episodes, caused by an injection of magma at shallow depth below the mountain that created a huge bulge and a fracture system on Mount St. Helens' north slope.

  • An earthquake at 8:32 a.m. on May 18, 1980, caused the entire weakened north face to slide away, suddenly exposing the partly molten, gas- and steam-rich rock in the volcano to lower pressure. The rock responded by exploding into a very hot mix of pulverized lava and older rock that sped toward Spirit Lake so fast that it quickly passed the avalanching north face.

VIDEOS:

Mt. Saint Helens 1:40 devastation to animals/people

Mt. Saint Helens 1:49 Landslide

Mt Saint Helens 7:31


Hot spots yellowstone national park old faithful

Hot SpotsYellowstone National Park “Old Faithful”

  • The Old Faithful geyser in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park erupts about once every 65 minutes, much to the delight of tourists.

  • The water ejected during each eruption is at or near the boiling point, often reaches a height of 50 meters (approximately 170 feet), and has an estimated volume of 45,000 liters (12,000 gallons).

WEBCAM

Video

WEBCAM main page


Economy of the west resources

Economy of the WestResources

  • Timber

  • Minerals

    • Gold Rush in California & Alaska

  • Oil

    • Alaska pipeline

  • Natural gas

  • Fish

  • Dairy

  • Pineapple/Sugarcane (Hawaii)


Western united states

Economy of the WestIndustry

Technology

  • Movie industry

  • Computers in the Silicon Valley

  • Computer equipment

  • Telecommunications

    The area around Los Angeles also was a major center for theaerospace industryby World War II, though Boeing, located in Washington state would lead the aerospace industry

    Federal Government

  • Military bases

  • Much of land owned by government

  • Flat deserts good for testing planes and missiles

  • Supports scientific research


Places of interest

Places of Interest

Some of thelargest cities include:

  • Los Angeles (CA)

  • San Francisco (CA)

  • Phoenix (AZ)

  • Seattle (WA)

  • Denver (CO)

  • Las Vegas (NV)

  • Salt Lake City (UT)


Historic route 66

Historic Route 66

Texas to California start at 4:25


Places of interest landmarks tourist attractions

Places of InterestLandmarks/Tourist Attractions

  • Grand Canyon

  • Hoover Dam

  • Pearl Harbor

  • Yellowstone National Park

  • Las Vegasentertainment

  • Seattle Space Needle

  • San FranciscoGolden Gate Bridge and Chinatown

  • Mount St. HelensOnly erupting volcano in contiguous 48

  • Mount McKinley


History people

HistoryPeople

  • Native Americans(Plains Indians)

    • Inuit survived in Alaska by hunting and fishing.

    • Hawaii settlers came from South Pacific islands

    • Large Indian reservation

  • European Settlersmoved west as part of westward expansion and to escape from the Dust Bowl

  • Spanish Settlersfrom Texas and Mexico

  • Asian Immigrantscame to work in mines and build railroads and now contribute heavily to technology industry

  • Hawaii settlers came from South Pacific islands

    • Hawaii is the only state in the union in which Asian Americans outnumber white American residents.


Culture of the western states

Culture of the Western states


History culture

HistoryCulture

  • Culturally distinctive points include the largeMormon populationin the Mormon Corridor, including southeastern Idaho, Utah, Northern Arizona and Nevada

  • The image of the cowboy, the homesteader and westward expansion took real events and transmuted them into a myth of the west which has influenced American culture since at least the 1920s.

  • Western businessmen promoted U.S. Route 66 as a means to bring tourism and industry to the West.


History events

HistoryEvents

  • 1849: California Gold Rush

  • Compromise of 1850(California admitted to Union as non-slave state)

  • Gadsden Purchase

  • 1930’s: Dust Bowl

  • 1989: Exxon Valdez Oil Spill


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