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The United States: by Regions. The Western States. Landforms Pacific Ranges Sierra Nevada Cascade Coastal Alaska Range Highest peak Mount McKinley Alaska Rocky Mts Link Canada and U.S. In between Mts. Grand Canyon Columbia Plateau Great Basin

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The western states
The Western States

  • Landforms

    • Pacific Ranges

      • Sierra Nevada

      • Cascade

      • Coastal

      • Alaska Range

      • Highest peak

        • Mount McKinley

          • Alaska

    • Rocky Mts

      • Link Canada and U.S.


  • In between Mts.

    • Grand Canyon

    • Columbia Plateau

    • Great Basin

      • Death Valley: hottest and lowest place in U.S.

  • Water

    • Continental Divide

      • Follow the Rockies, determine direction rivers flow

    • Colorado River

      • Source in Rockies

    • Rio Grande

      • Source in Rockies

  • Economic Resources

    • Minerals

    • Fishing

    • Livestock

    • Farming


  • Climate

    • Mid-Latitude:

      • Marine West Coastal

      • Mediterranean (California)

    • Desert

      • Mojave and Chihuahua

    • Highland

      • b/c of elevation of the Rockies

      • Timberline:


  • Population Centers

    • Pacific Coast

      • Pleasant climate, many natural resources/eco opp

      • California is most populated state

    • Megalopolis: “great city”

      • San Francisco-Los Angeles-San Diego

        • All have major ports

        • The “Bay Area”

        • Northern California Megaregion

      • Seattle

        • Major port

      • Silicon Valley

        • San Francisco Bay area


The midwest
The Midwest

  • Landforms

    • Great Plains

  • Water

    • Great Lakes

    • Mississippi River

  • Resources

    • Farming

      • “Wheat Belt”: Great Plain and Canadian Prairies

      • “Corn Belt”: Ohio-Nebraska

      • Dairyland: New York State to Minnesota

        • Traditional region for dairy farmers


  • Climate (Great Plains)

    • Humid Continental

      • Bitter cold winters, hot summers

      • Super Cells/ Tornadoes

  • Vegetation: Prairie

    • Tall grasses, no trees

    • Dust Bowl

      • 1930s, caused by drought and poor farming techniques

      • Top soil b/cme barren wasteland

      • Same time as Great Depression


  • Population Centers

    • Detroit

      • Center of car manufacturing industry

    • Chicago, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Pittsburg

      • Connect to Ohio River

  • Least populated areas

    • Arid parts of Great plains

  • Rust Belt

    • Cities near Great Lakes

      • Buffalo, Detroit, Cleveland, etc.

    • Traditional manufacturing centers, loose $ and people when business move South


The south
The South

  • Landforms

    • Coastal Plains

    • Appalachians Mts

  • Water

    • Mississippi River

    • Rio Grande

    • Gulf Intracoastal Waterway

      • Connect FL to TX w/ Miss Rvr

  • Resources

    • Fuel (oil and natural gas)

    • Farming


  • Climate

    • Humid subtropical

      • Long muggy summers, mild winter

    • Hurricanes

  • Wetlands/Swamps

    • Florida

  • Region: “Sunbelt”

    • Southern states

    • Mild climate

    • Fastest growing pop. Area

    • Draw many immigrants b/c close to Mexico and Caribbean


  • Population Centers

    • Miami

    • New Orleans

    • Texas Triangle: Houston, D/FW, San Antonio

      • Megalopolis


The northeast
The Northeast

  • Landforms

    • Appalachian Mts

      • From Quebec to Alabama

      • Fall Line:_________________________

    • Adirondack Mts

    • Islands: Manhattan

  • Water

    • St. Lawrence River

    • Great Lakes

      • Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway: connect to Atlantic Ocean

    • Niagara Falls

      • Source of hydroelectric power for both U.S. and Canada


  • Resources

    • Fishing

    • Timber

    • Financial Center of U.S.

  • Climate

    • Humid Continental

      • Hot summers, Cold Winters

      • Winter Blizzards

  • Population Centers

    • “BosWash”

      • Boston-New York-Washington, D.C.-Philadelphia-Baltimore

      • North East Corridor


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