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Regions and Waterway

North America Geographic Regions and Waterways

Location and physical characteristics of Coastal PLAIN -Along the Atlantic Ocean/Gulf of Mexico -Broad Lowlands, Excellent Harbors
Appalachian Highlands -West of the Coastal Plain, extending from eastern Canada to western Canada to western Alabama; includes the Piedmont -Old, eroded mountains
Canadian Shield -Wraps around the Hudson Bay in a horseshoe shape -Hills worn by erosion -Hundreds of lakes carved by glaciers -Old rock formations
Interior Lowlands -West of the Appalachian Mountains and east of the Great Plains -Rolling flatlands with many rivers -Broad river valleys -Grassy hills
Great Plains -West of the interior lowlands and east of the Rocky Mountains -Flat land that gradually increases in elevation westward -Grasslands
Rocky Mountains -West of the Great Plains and east of the Basin and Range -Rugged mountains stretching from Alaska almost to Mexico -High elevations
Basin and Range -West of the Rocky Mountains and east of the Coastal Range -Varying elevations -Isolated mountain ranges -Includes Death Valley, the lowest point in North America
Coastal RANGE -Mountains along the West Coast, stretching from California to Canada -Rugged mountains -Fertile Valleys
Major Oceans 1. Atlantic Ocean - access to the world; highway for exploration and settlement 2. Pacific Ocean - access to the world; exploration routes
Major Rivers 1 & 2. Mississippi and Missouri Rivers - Transportation, farm and industrial products, helped connect US to other parts of the world.
Other Rivers 3. Ohio River - Gateway to the west 3. Rio Grande - Forms border with Mexico 5. Colorado - Explored by the Spanish 6. Columbia - Explored by Lewis and Clark
Lakes Great Lakes (HOMES) H - Huron O - Ontario M - Michigan E - Erie S - Superior Port cities in the Midwest along the edge of the lakes
Gulfs -Gulf of Mexico - Provided French and Spanish with exploration routes -Mexico - Other parts of America
Created by: sara.r.bailey



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