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Mighty Rivers

America's rivers bring life to the land throuh which they flow

The Mississippi River Used to transport farm and industrial products. A link to ports and other parts of the world. The most famous river in America
The Missouri River The longest river in North America- about 200 miles longer than the Mississippi River. Used to transport farm and industrial items and as a link to other ports.
The Ohio River Was a gateway to the West. Crosses or forms the borders of six states:Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia
The Saint Lawrence Connects the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. Forms part of the northeastern border with Canada.
The Columbia River Explored by the legendary Lewis and Clark expedition. The fourth longest river in the U.S. Salmon swim in the cold river waters.
The Colorado River Carved the Grand Canyon millions of years ago. Was explored and mapped by the Spanish.
The Rio Grande Forms a natural border between the United States and Mexico. Provides water for much of the Southwest. The river becomes very shallow as it nears the Gulf of Mexico
Continental Divide Separates The Columbia River and The Colorado River (empty into Pacific Ocean), from the other might rivers that empty into Atlantic Ocean
The Atlantic Ocean Separates Europe and Africa from the Americas. Served as a highway for explorers, early settlers, and later immigrants
The Pacific Ocean Separates Asia from the Americas The Earth's largest Ocean An early exploration destination
The Great Lakes Five huge lakes mostly bordering Canada Inland port cities grew in the Midwest along each of the Great Lakes
The Great Lakes Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario,
The Gulf of Mexico A large body of water, but not as big an an ocean. Was used by Spanish and other explorers as a water route to Mexico and other parts of America
Coastal Range Rains a lot in pacific northwest, but dry in south.
Basin and Range Very hot and dry.
Rocky Mountains Snow topped mountains that melts in spring supplying water to western U.S.
Great Plains Flat with tall grasses and no trees. Known as America's Breadbasket for wheat production. Flat Land that gradually increases in elevation heading west.
Interior Lowlands Tornado Alley
Appalachian Highlands America's oldest mountains Blue Ridge Mountains, Peidmont Eroded mountains Forrest covered mountains
Appalachian Highlands Extends from eastern Canada to northern Alabama, west of the Coastal plain
Interior Lowlands Located west of the Appalachian Mountains and east of the Great Plains Rolling Flatlands with many rivers, broad river valleys, and grassy hills.
The Great Plains Located west of Interior Lowlands and east of the Rocky mountains.
Rocky Mountains Located west of the Great Plains and east of the Basin and Range Rugged mountains stretching from Alaska almost to Mexico, high elevations Contains the Continental Divide
Basin and Range Located west of Rocky Mountains and east of the Sierra Nevadas and the Cascades. Areas of varying elevation from isolated mountain ranges to Death Valley, the lowest point in North America. The largest basin called the Great Basin
Coastal Range Rugged mountains along the pacific coast that stretch from California to Canada. Contains fertile valleys
Coastal Plain Many of Americas great ports, sandy beaches, fishing
Coastal Plain Broad lowland with many excellent harbors and bays Located alon the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico
Canadian Shield Rocky, frigid region with poor soil Minnesota called 'Land of 10,000 Lakes" due to glaciers in this region
Canadian Shield Wrapped around Hudson Bay in horseshoe shape Hills worn by erosion Hundreds of lakes carved by glaciers.
Created by: bbeach67