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U.S. and Canada (Physical Geography)

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Continental Divide
high place from which rivers flow in different directions
glacier
a slowly moving mass of ice
transportation corridors
paths that make traveling easier
tributary
a stream that feeds into a larger river
Rocky Mountains
Located WEST of the Great Plains and EAST of the Basin and Range; contains the Continental Divide which determines the directional flow of rivers;Contains rugged mountains stretching from Alaska to Mexico with high elevations
Appalachian Mountains
a mountain range in the eastern United States extending from Quebec to the Gulf of Mexico
Death Valley
the hottest, driest region of North America, located in Eastern Califoria
Great Lakes
Lake erie, ontario, superior, huron, michigan form border between US and Canada
St. Lawrence River
flows from lake ontario to the atlantic ocean
Mississippi River
longest and biggest river in US that has its source in the Minnesota & its mouth in Louisiana
rain shadow
the drier side of mountain
tropics
Equatorial region between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. It is characterized by generally warm or hot temperatures year-round, though much variation exists due to altitude and other factors. (370)
tundra
a vast treeless plain in the arctic regions between the ice cap and the tree line
permafrost
permanently frozen layer of soil beneath the surface of the ground
prairie
a treeless grassy plain
alluvial
soil material deposited by running water
hydroelectricity
electricity produced by water power
Grand Coulee Dam
a dam on the Columbia River in the state of Washington and produces more hydroelectricity than any other dam in the U.S>
St. Lawrence Lowlands
most canadians live here because of its proximity to the us mild climate and the trade routes the great lakes provide