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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 understanding

  • 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.

Architectural structures mosques islam
Architectural Structures understandingMosques-Islam

Churches christianity
Churches-Christianity understanding

Synagogues judaism
Synagogues (Judaism) understanding

Temples buddhism
Temples (Buddhism) understanding

Pagodas buddhism
Pagodas (Buddhism) understanding

Dwellings homes

Tiles roofs in the Mediterranean understanding

Dwellings (homes)

Chalets in switzerland
Chalets in Switzerland understanding

Thatched roofs
Thatched Roofs understanding

Tents and yurts
Tents and Yurts understanding

Castles in europe
Castles in Europe understanding

Statutes and monuments
Statutes, and Monuments understanding

  • Many have local, national or global significance

  • Taj Mahal

Examples of other well know monuments
Examples of other well know monuments understanding

  • Kaaba (Mecca), Western Wall (Jerusalem), Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Jerusalem), Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Kremlin (Moscow), Statute of Liberty, Virginia State Capital building

Kaaba understanding

Examples of physical and cultural regions
Examples of Physical and Cultural Regions understanding

  • Physical regions

    • Sahara, Taiga, Rainforest, Great Plains, Low Countries

  • Cultural regions

    • Language (Latin America, Francophone world)

  • Ethnic regions (Chinatown, Kurdistan) understanding

  • 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 understanding

  • 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)

  • 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

Us and canada economic characteristics
US and Canada economic characteristics tundra in Alaska to a tropical wet climate in Hawaii

  • Both countries are major exporters of technology, consumer goods, information systems, and foodstuffs

  • Both have highly developed infrastructures

  • Both have highly diversified economies

Cultural characteristics of the us and canada
Cultural characteristics of the US and Canada Examples—McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, music, blue jeans

  • Both countries were originally colonized by countries from Europe

  • Both have multicultural societies

  • Both have increasingly diverse populations

  • Both have high literacy rates Examples—McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, music, blue jeans

  • Both have a high standard of living

  • Both are highly urbanized

  • Canada struggles to maintain a national identity

  • Both have highly mobile populations

Important cities centers of culture and trade

Washington DC and Canada


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 and Canada

  • US Capital building

  • Golden Gate Bridge

  • Wheat fields and Canada

  • 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 and Canada

  • 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 and Canada

  • Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

  • Land size

  • Population size

  • Resources

How do physical features impact humans
How do physical features impact humans and Canada

  • 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

  • Example—Mountains and Canada

    • Rocky Mountains create a rain shadow on the leeward slopes

    • Himalayas block moisture and create steppes and deserts in Central Asia