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North Amer. Regions

North American Regions

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Coastal Plain located along the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. The land of this region is made up of broad lowlands that provide many excellent harbors. These busy harbors connect North America with the rest of the world
Appalachian Highlands located west of the Coastal Plain and stretch from eastern Canada to western Alabama. The piedmont region of Virginia is a part of the Appalachian Highlands. Old, eroded mountains that make up the oldest mountain range in North America.
Canadian Shield wraps around the Hudson Bay. This region is shaped like a giant horseshoe and is made up of hills worn down by erosion and hundreds of lakes carved by glaciers.
Interior Lowlands located west of the Appalachian Mountains and east of the Great Plains. The land of this region is made up of rolling flat lands with many rivers, broad river valleys, and grass covered hills.
Great Plains located west of the Interior Lowlands and east of the Rocky Mountains. This region is covered by vast, flat grasslands that gradually rise toward the mountain range located in the Rocky Mountain region.
Rocky Mountains located west of the Great Plains and east of the Basin and Range. This land consists of rugged mountains at high elevations that stretch from Alaska almost to Mexico. It also contains the Continental Divide.
Continental Divide an imaginary line that runs from north to south along the peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Determines the directional flow of rivers.
Basin and Range located west of the Rocky Mountains and east of the Sierra Nevadas and the Cascades. The land found in this region is located at different elevations. It contains isolated mountain ranges. Death Valley is found here.
Death Valley lowest point in North America
Coastal Range located along the Pacific Ocean. It is made up of rugged mountains that stretch from California to Canada and fertile valleys.
Created by: mellis1