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Physical Features

Major landform regions of the United States and


Canada generally stretch from north to south.
Going From East to West:
eastern coastal plain
piedmont
Appalachian Mountains
interior plains
Canadian Shield
(north of interior plains,
around Hudson Bay)
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Rocky Mountains
Continental Divide (Rivers)

intermountain region
Pacific Coast region
Alaska and Hawaii

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CHAPTER 7

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Natural Environments
of North America
Section 1: Physical Features
Section 2: Climates and Biomes
Section 3: Natural Resources

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Elevation of United States

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Physical Features

Bodies of water:
Major river systems (East and West)
East Rivers:
Mississippi, Missouri, and Ohio Rivers
Western rivers:
Colorado, Columbia, Fraser, Yukon

Major lakes
Great Lakes

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Climates Of North America
Middle Latitude location, oceans, prevailing winds,
mountains affect the climate of the United States
The Interior Plains/Great Plains has violent storms that
produce natural hazards (Tornadoes, Thunderstorms)

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Section 2

Climates and Biomes

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Climates
tropical wet and drysouthern tip of Florida, parts of
Hawaii
humid subtropicalmost of southeastern U.S.
humid continentalnortheastern U.S., southern and
southeastern Canada
semi-aridGreat Plains, parts of intermountain
region
highlandRocky Mountains
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Climates and Biomes

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Climates (continued)
marine west coastsoutheastern Alaska to northern
California
Mediterraneansouthern and central California
tropical humidparts of Hawaii
tundrafar northern North America
subarcticmost of Canada and Alaska

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Natural Resources
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Farming, forest, and water resources:
Farming

abundant production of crops and livestock


Major Crops= Corn, Wheat, Soybeans, Cotton

Forests
US/Canada are leading producers of wood and paper
major U.S. forests in southeast and northwest

Water
plentiful supplies (Except SW U.S.)
irrigation and hydroelectric power
coastal waters rich in marine life (Alaska, Grand Banks)
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Natural Resources
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Energy resources are abundant in both
the U.S. and Canada!!!
coalgood supply in both countries; U.S. has a large
percentage of world total (25%)
oil and natural gasalso plentiful, but U.S. uses
more oil than it produces
U.S. Oil in Texas, Gulf of Mexico, Alaska
Canada Oil is found mainly in Alberta

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Mineral resources are abundant in both
the U.S. and Canada.
Canada is rich in nickel, zinc, and uranium
especially in the Canadian Shieldand also produces
lead, copper, gold, and silver.
U.S. has valuable deposits of iron, copper, lead, zinc,
gold, and silver.
-Nevada has major deposits of Gold and Silver

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