Texas Regions. Chapter 3. Celebrating Texas text pages 44-69. cannibal.mi.org/ ~chad/pic/tx/texas.jpg. SECTION 1. Two Kinds of Geography.
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Celebrating Texas text pages 44-69
Two Kinds of Geography
1.Physical Geography – the physical features of the earth’s surface. (What does the earth look like…mountains, plains, oceans, vegetation, climate, etc..) Plains (a wide area of flat or gently rolling land) are also part of our physical geography.
2.Human Geography – the features of the earth that is created or changed by humans. (What humans do such as farming, mining, building, digging ditches, creating a hill to jump over on a 4-wheeler, etc…) People who study human geography also analyze transportation and settlements (a place where people live) and other things people have created.
What kind of climate does Texas have?
Since Texas is in the middle latitudes, it has hot summers and cool winters. As you would expect, winters are colder in the northwestern part of the state known as the Panhandle. Winters are milder in South Texas.
Rivers are important to Texas.
*Much of the Texas border is made up of three rivers:
Rio Grande – separates Texas and Mexico
Sabine River – separates Texas and Louisiana
Red River – separates Texas and Oklahoma
The Pecos River is an important tributary (a stream that flows into a larger stream or other body of water) of the Rio Grande. The Pecos River provides irrigation water for farms in New Mexico and Pecos, Texas.
Natural regions are determined by physical geography features such as landforms, climate, and vegetation.
The four regions are:
All three of these regions can be divided into subregions (a smaller division of a geographic region)
North Central Plains
Mountains and Basins
-Piney Woods -Post Oak Belt
-Gulf Coast Plain -Blackland Prairie
-South Texas Plain
Coastal Plains and its Subregions
North Central Region and its Subregions
A metropolitan area is a city and the area around it, including the suburbs. (A suburb is a smaller community just outside a city.)
Just how populated are Texas metropolitan areas?