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US Canada Chapt 4

Physical geography of the US & Canada

Hurricane A wind system that forms in tropical areas that brings violent storms with heavy rains. Common in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
Navigable Rivers that are wide and deep enough to allow the passage of ships.
Cordillera A group of mountain ranges that run side by side.
megalopolis A group of urban areas (cities) that are connected or continuous.
blizzard A severe winter storm that lasts several hours and combines high winds with heavy snow.
drought A long period of time without rainfall.
glacier A giant sheet of ice.
tornado A windstorm in the form of a funnel-shaped cloud that often touches the ground.
divide A high point that determines the direction that rivers flow.
prairie A rolling inland grassland with fertile soil which provides good farmland, Great Plains states.
canyon A deep valley with steep sides.
contiguous States or provinces that are joined together inside a common boundary.
Rocky Mountains A range of mountains that are the highest in elevation in the USA.
Central US This area has more tornadoes each year than any other place in the world.
Marine west coast The type of climate with year-round mind temperatures and lots of rainfall, runs from southern Alaska to northern California.
Created by: kcanby



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