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Regional Geography and the United States and Canada. WG.3b,4. Regions are used to simplify the world for study and understanding. Regional Landscapes.

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regional landscapes
Regional Landscapes
  • Regional landscapes reflect the cultural characteristics of their inhabitants. This can be seen in the architectural structures used in a region, and in the statues and monuments of local, national, or global significance.
statutes and monuments
Statutes, and Monuments
  • Many have local, national or global significance
  • Taj Mahal
examples of other well know monuments
Examples of other well know monuments
  • Kaaba (Mecca), Western Wall (Jerusalem), Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Jerusalem), Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Kremlin (Moscow), Statute of Liberty, Virginia State Capital building
examples of physical and cultural regions
Examples of Physical and Cultural Regions
  • Physical regions
    • Sahara, Taiga, Rainforest, Great Plains, Low Countries
  • Cultural regions
    • Language (Latin America, Francophone world)
Ethnic regions (Chinatown, Kurdistan)
  • Religious regions (Islam, Buddhism)
  • Economic regions (Wheat Belt, European Union)
  • Political regions (NATO, African Union {AU})
  • Changes in perception regions

(Middle East, Sun Belt, Rust Belt)

united states and canada physical characteristics
United States and Canada physical characteristics
  • Both nations have abundant natural resources.
  • The Continental Divide sits at the top of the Rocky Mountains and acts as a divider for North America
  • Many important rivers (Mississippi, St. Lawrence, Colorado, Columbia, and Rio Grande)
US and Canada also have other important water features.

(Gulf of Mexico, Great Lakes, Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, and the Hudson Bay)

Important landforms—Aleutian Islands, Hawaiian archipelago, Appalachian Mountains, Pacific Coastal Ranges, Basin and Range region, Rocky Mountains, Great Plains, Interior Lowlands, Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains, Canadian Shield, Grand Canyon
Both have varied climate regions—they range from the tundra in Alaska to a tropical wet climate in Hawaii
us and canada economic characteristics
US and Canada economic characteristics
  • Both countries are major exporters of technology, consumer goods, information systems, and foodstuffs
  • Both have highly developed infrastructures
  • Both have highly diversified economies
Both have a rich supply of mineral, energy, and forest resources
  • Both are members of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • Both are home to many multinational corporations
US is the center of the world financial markets (New York Stock Exchange)
  • Both have sustained economic growth
  • Both have a widening gap between the rich and the poor
The US exports our culture via the global marketplace. Examples—McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, music, blue jeans
cultural characteristics of the us and canada
Cultural characteristics of the US and Canada
  • Both countries were originally colonized by countries from Europe
  • Both have multicultural societies
  • Both have increasingly diverse populations
Both have high literacy rates
  • Both have a high standard of living
  • Both are highly urbanized
  • Canada struggles to maintain a national identity
  • Both have highly mobile populations
The world’s largest unfortified border is between the US and Canada
  • Both have a democratic form of government
  • Both are members of NATO
  • Both have arts that reflect the cultural heritage of their multicultural societies
important cities centers of culture and trade
Washington DC


New York City

Los Angeles






Vancouver, British Columbia

Important cities (centers of culture and trade)
examples of the cultural landscape
Examples of the cultural landscape
  • US Capital building
  • Golden Gate Bridge
Independence Hall
  • St. Louis Gateway Arch
Wheat fields
  • Skyscrapers
  • Shopping malls
  • Bilingual signs
  • Influence of automobiles (ex. Gas stations, motels, interstate highways, drive up services)
human interaction affects the environment
Human interaction affects the environment
  • Deforestation—examples are the Amazon Basin, Nepal, and Malaysia
  • Acid Rain—example is the Black Forest in Europe
  • Decreased soil fertility—Example is the Aswan High Dam in Egypt
criteria for determining a countries relative importance
Criteria for determining a countries relative importance
  • Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
  • Land size
  • Population size
  • Resources
how do physical features impact humans
How do physical features impact humans
  • Example—Water
    • Rio Grande River is a boundary
    • Ob River flows northward into the Arctic Ocean
    • Zambezi River provides water power
    • Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers are flood hazards
    • Rocky Mountains create a rain shadow on the leeward slopes
    • Himalayas block moisture and create steppes and deserts in Central Asia