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WG Unit 4 Part 1

US & Canada Physical Geography

Appalachian Mountains Major mountain chain in Eastern US & Canada, runs from Alabama to Canada
Great Plains Treeless plain east of the Rocky Mountains
Canadian Shield Rocky, flat area around Hudson Bay, lots of taiga
Rocky Mountains Mountain Chain in western US & Canada
Continental Divide Line of the highest point in Rockies, marks the separation of waters flowing east and west
Great Lakes 5 large lakes on border of US and Canada
Mississippi River North America's longest river, empties into Gulf of Mexico
Mackenzie River Canada's longest river
Great Basin Bowl-shaped depression west of the Rocky Mountains, arid and semiarid climates
Coastal Range Range of mountains along Pacific Coast
permafrost permanently frozen ground, found in Canada and Alaska
prevailing westerlies winds that blow east to west
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plains Flat coastal plains that border the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, humid subtropical climate
Aleutian Islands Volcanic archipelago southwest of Alaska (in Ring of Fire)
Hawaiian Islands Volcanic archipelago in central Pacific Ocean (in Ring of Fire)
4 bonds of US and Canada Cultural Heritage (English Language), Economic Ties (NAFTA), Political Ties (NATO), Physical Geography (shared landforms like Rockies)
Anglosphere English-speaking countries, Anglophone countries
Marine West Coast Very wet, mild and cool. Found in Pacific Northwest
Mediterranean Climate Dry, hot summers, rainy winters, found in Southern and Central California, long growing season
Interior Lowlands Great Plains, Central Plains, Canadian Shield
Humid Subtropical Climate Southern United States, muggy weather, long growing season
Created by: Knighting
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