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Geographic Regions

Virginia Standards of Learning for US History to 1865 covering SOL 2b

TermDefinition
Coastal Plain region located along the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico that provides broad lowlands and many excellent harbors
Appalachian Highlands region located west of the Coastal Plain extending from eastern Canada to western Alabama, includes the Piedmont Mountains; contains old eroded mountains and is the oldest mountain range in North America
Canadian Shield region wrapped around the Hudson Bay in a horseshoe shape that has hills worn by erosion and hundreds of lakes carved by glaciers
Interior Lowlands region located west of the Appalachian Highlands and east of the Great Plains that contains rolling flatlands with many rivers, broad river valleys, and grassy hills
Great Plains region located west of the Interior Lowlands and east of the Rocky Mountains that contains flat land that gradually increases in elevation westward; grasslands
Rocky Mountains region located west of the Great Plains and east of the Basin and Range that contains rugged mountains stretching from Alaska almost to Mexico; contains the Continental Divide
Basin and Range region located west of the Rocky Mountains and east of the Sierra Nevadas and the Cascades that contains areas of varying elevation as well as isolated mountain ranges and Death Valley
Coastal Range region west of the Basin and Range with rugged mountains along the Pacific Coast that stretch from California to Canada and contain fertile valleys
Continental Divide located in the Rocky Mountains; determines the directional flow of rivers
Death Valley located in the Basin and Range region; the lowest point in North America
Created by: ekdixon