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smaller streams or rivers that lead to a bigger river
marks the place where the higher land of the Piedmont drops to the lower Atlantic Coastal Plain.
Other forms of fossil fuels
Coal, petroleum, and natural gas
another word for fish farming
a place for catching fish
naturally treeless expanses of grasses that spread across the Great Plains of the midsection
a warm, dry wind
winds of more than 35 miles per hour and visibilty of less than 1,320 feet
it is the movement of people from one country to another
American South and SW. California, Arizona, New Mexico have become the country's fast growing areas. Nicknamed Sunbelt because of its mild climate. Draws people to its growing manufacturing, service, and tourism industries.
20, 320 feet
it grew as geologic forces heaved slabs of rock upward
it was formed by lava that seeped from cracks in the earth
300 to 700 miles across the center of the region and reach elevations up to 6,000 ft
a giant core centered on Hudson and James Bays, anchors the continent
is heavily eroded and is one of North America's oldest mountains and they are the continent's second-largest mountain range about 1,500 miles from Quebec to central Alabama.
How were the Appalachian Mountains formed?
These mountains were formed by powerful upheavals within the earth's crust and shaped over time by ice and running water
it is found in between the mountains and the coastal lowlands. It is a wide area of rolling hills and many rivers cut through the Piedmont, flowing east across the Atlantic Coastal Plain in the Carolinas.
The islands of the United States and Canada
these islands were formed by geologic forces
How was the island of Hawaii formed?
With each volcanic eruption, lava accumulated on the floor of the ocean until it pushed through the water's surface. Volcanic mountaintops emerging from the Pacific Ocean formed the 8 major and 124 smaller islands of Hawaii.
submerged parts of the continental shelf. It is a shallow underwater platform that forms a continental border.
Freshwater, lakes and rivers
have helped make the United States and Canada prosperous. Abundant water satisfies the needs of cities and rural areas, provides power for homes and industries, and moves resources across the continent.
also known as The Great Divide.
is a high point or ridge that determines the direction in which rivers flow.
Rivers such as Colorado and the Rio Grande have their headwaters, or source, in the Rockies.
smaller rivers or streams that connect to a larger river.
Northeast of the Rockies, the Mackenzie River, which flows from the Great Slave Lake to the Arctic Ocean. drains much of Canada's Northern Interior.
it is one of North America's longest rivers, flows 2, 357 miles from its source. It begins in Minnesota as a stream. From a narrow stream at its source, the river reaches a width of 1.5 miles as it empties to the Gulf of Mexico.
This enormous reach makes Mississippi one of the world's most busiest water ways.
It is a boundary that is found in the United States. It marks the place where the higher land of the Piedmont drops to the lower Atlantic Coastal Plain. Along the fall line, eastern rivers break into rapids and waterfalls, blocking ships from traveling farther inland.
St. Lawrence River
flows 750 miles from Lake Ontario to the Gulf of St. Lawrence in the Atlantic Ocean, forming part of the border between Canada and the United States.
The Canadian cities such as Quebec, Montreal and Ottawa, depend on these waters for trade.
The Great Lakes were formed when glaciers gouged the Canadian Shield and tore at the central section of the continent, leaving glaciers and became the Great Lakes.
Large deposits of coal, iron, and other minerals near the lakes favored the development of industries and urban growth in the area.
St. Lawrence Sea Way System
is a series of canals. It helps makes the cities along the Great Lakes powerful trade and industrial centers. The St. Lawrence river and other inland waterways link the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.