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Chapter 1

What is the equator? a line that circles the Earth halfway between the North Pole and South Pole
What is the relative location of the United States as it compares to the Atlantic Ocean? The U.S. is west of the Atlantic Ocean.
What is the location of Minnesota relative to the Mississippi River? Minnesota is at the source of the Mississippi River. It is at the northern part of the river.
What are landforms? one of the shapes that make up Earth’s surface such as mountains, hills, valleys, or plains
Which mountain Range is found on the eastern side of the United States? Appalachian Mountains
How are the Coastal Plain and the Interior Plains alike? How are they different? Both the Coastal Plains and the Interior Plains are areas of flat land. The Coastal Plains are found on the east coast and the Interior Plains are found in the middle of the United States.
What does source mean when it refers to the source of a river? The place where a river begins
What is elevation? height of the land above sea level
What is climate? The kind of weather a place has over a long period of time.
What 3 features best describe weather and climate? Temperature, wind, precipitation
What are the 4 reasons for climate to be different for different places? 1. How far from the equator? 2. What is the elevation? 3. How far from the ocean? 4. What landforms are nearby?
Give an example of a renewable resource. Trees
What are the main sources of fresh water in the United States? How do people use this natural resource? The main sources of fresh water in the United States are rivers, lakes, and groundwater. People use these resources for drinking, cooking, cleaning, growing food, and creating power.
What is industry? All the businesses that make one kind of product or provide one kind of service
What is an environment? Surroundings in which people, plants and animals live.
What is conservation? Why is it important? Conservation is the protecting of natural resources and using them wisely. Conservation is important because people need natural resources to survive, and all resources are limited.