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A geographic area made up of countries that border the Pacific Ocean.
Active at night
To plant trees to replace trees that have been cut down
Melted rock underneath the Earth's surface
A town that grows quickly because of a sudden increase in people and business activity
The valley between the Sierra Nevada mountain range to the east and the Coastal Range to the west in California
An area of low rainfall near high mountains where the air's moisture falls as precipitation
A giant wave of water that can be 100ft higher than an average wave
How did Father Junipero Serra help Spain accomplish its goals in California?
He built the first missions in San Diego
Which animal lives in the tropical rainforest and feeds on insects, snails, and fruit?
Which group settled in Salt Lake City, Utah in search of religious freedom?
How are hot springs and geysers heated?
Groundwater is heated by magma
This Native American group told stories about Pele, the goddess of fire. What state are they from?
Which mountain range stretches more than 3,000 miles, including parts of Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado?
The Rocky Mountains
In parts of Washington and Oregon, the climate and land are ideal for growing a fruit that is used in many different products.
Utah has a large supply of this material. It is used to make electrical wiring and pots and pans.
Which mountain range includes an active volcano that erupted violently in 1980?
When the tundra thaw, this Native American group adds berries to their meals.
Which western state has the most extreme winter temperatures?
Why is the Willamette River important to Oregon farmers?
The river helps create rich soil in the Willamette Valley that is good for growing crops.
Which city serves as one of the West's largest fishing ports based on the amount of seafood that is caught there?
How does the jackrabbit stay cool in the heat of the desert?
It has long ears that move heat away from its body.
Highways and railroads can tear apart during an earthquake as a result of the process.
Huge blocks of Earth shift along fault lines
Which products does China export to the US?
Clothing, food, toys, and electronics
Which part of this region received no precipitation from Oct. 3, 1912 to Nov. 8th 1914?
Death Valley, California
Which city has a moderate climate where temperatures are mild throughout the year?
San Diego, California
Los Angeles is one of the West's busiest ports. What product does Los Angeles export to countries around the world?
What makes Portland, Oregon a "green city"?
People in Portland are encouraged to ride bikes instead of drive cars to reduce pollution
Tourists from all over the U.S. visit his Wyoming Park to hike and fish.
Yellowstone National Park
The U.S. exports aircraft to other countries in the Pacific Rim. The economy of this western city grew quickly during WWII because of the demand for planes.
As trade increased between the U.S. and Asia, why did Hawaii become more valuable to the U.S.?
Hawaii was closer to Asia than the United States
How does the fringe toed lizard survive in the heat of Death Valley?
It has special scales on its feet that help it run quickly on the hot sand.
What was Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo looking fro when he landed on the California Coast?
Riches and a route from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean.
How do tall mountains in the Cascade Range affect the amount of rain that falls to the set and to the east of the Cascades?
The western side receives an average of 140 inches or rain each year. The eastern side only receives about 8 inches of rain a year because of the rain shadow effect.
What products does the United States produce in Silicon Valley? What does "silicon" refer to?
The U.S. exports computers and computer software from Silicon Valley. The "silicon" refers to a material that is taken from rocks. It is used to make computer parts.
How are states in the West making sure there is enough water for everyone?
The government is teaching people in the west to conserve water. California has a rule that all plumbing must use water efficiency. States like Utah try to educate the public about conserving water.
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