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North America/U.S. and Canada


U.S. and Canada Physical Geography and relationship between humans and environment

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West Virginia University
Geog 102 - World Regions

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GEOG 102 1nd Edition Lecture 3 Outline of Last Lecture I What is scale II What s a region III Why geographers use regions IV 7 ways we study each world region V Why be careful when comparing world regions Outline of Current Lecture I North America Physical Patterns A Landforms B Climate II Human Environment Interactions Current Lecture Physical features Mountain ranges River valleys Basins Cliffs Pangea Modern World Pangea fragmented over time to make the modern world These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor s lecture GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes not as a substitute Made possible through plate tectonics Plate tectonics Earth surface Composed of large plates Float on molten rocks Plate movements and interactions large feature of the Earth s surface ex Mountains shorelines Landforms Rocky Mountain Zone A wide mass of mountains and basins that dominate North America Also known as Sierra Madre in Mexico Collision of Pacific Plate and North American Plate Still active plates create earthquakes Appalachian Mountains Older more eroded than the Rockies Central Lowlands Between the Rocky and Appalachian mountains Undulating plains From the Artic to the Gulf of Mexico Great Lakes Glaciers during the Ice Ages Melted Depressions in land Great Lakes H O M E S Soil deposits great for agriculture Coastal Lowlands East of the Appalachians New Brunswick NJ Florida Sweeps west to central lowland along the Gulf of Mexico Louisiana and Mississippi filled by the Mississippi River Delta What is Climate Weather day to day forecast Spatially limited expression of climate Climate consistent long term weather patterns within a region Long term balance of temperature and precipitation o Factors that influence Climate Sunlight Earth s rotation Earth s revolution around the sun results in the seasons Latitude distance from the equator 66 5 degrees North Artic Circle 23 5 degrees North Tropic of Cancer 23 5 degrees South Tropic of Capicorn 66

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