Geography of North America

Geography of North America

Geography of North America 6th Grade Contiguous United States Major cities have developed along rivers Cincinnati (Ohio River) New Orleans (Mississippi River)

Jaurez (Rio Grande River) St. Lawrence River connects the Atlantic and the Great Lakes Rivers and Lakes The

five Great Lakes form the largest body of fresh water in the world Four of the Great Lakes provide a natural border between the United States and Canada The Rio Grande is a natural border between the U.S. and Mexico

Rivers and Lakes Cont. Plains- flat areas of land Plains make up most of the center of the United States and Canada Crops grown here support North America with leftovers to export Soil and climate make the Great Plains great for

farming The Great Plains are home to deposits of oil and natural gas The Great Plains Western U.S. and Canada are covered by mountains and high plateaus

The Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevadas make up a cordillera in North America Cordillera- several mountains ranges that run parallel to each other Western Mountains and Deserts The

Great Basin is located between the Rocky Mts. and Sierra Nevadas Basin- depression in the surface of land The Great Basin is a desert because it is in a rain shadow Mountains and Deserts cont. Rain Shadow

Central Mexico has mostly mountains and plateaus The Sierra Madre mountains run along each side of Mexico Sierra Madre Oriental along the east coast Sierra Madre Occidental along the

west coast Mexicos Landforms The Mexican Plateau is between the two Sierra Madres mountain ranges Mesa Central is the southern part Mexico City- Mexicos capital is located here

Due to volcanic activity, Mesa Central has rich soil Mesa del Norte is the northern part Mesa means table Mexicos Landforms cont. Mountains contain

copper, silver, and zinc Oil is found along the Gulf of Mexico Farming is important Many rural farmers use subsistence farming (growing just enough food for their family) Mexicos Resources

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