California Land and Water in your areaCalifornia has four major regions. Region is a large land area that has similar features. Region is often named after the most commonlandform found within it.We learn more about the regions ofCalifornia when we study geography. Geography is the surface features of a place.
Can you name the regions in California? Mountain
Can you name the regions in California? Mountain Desert
Can you name the regions in California? Mountain Co st al Desert
Can you name the regions in California? Mountain Co st al Va lle y Desert
Desert Region•Southeaster part of California•Mojave Desert•Summer = Hot & Dry•Winter = Cold•Flat and low•Little water•Some trees, bushes, &Cactuses
Valley Region•Valley is a long area of low land between hills or mountains•Valley region is ﬂat•Sacramento Valley (North)•San Joaquin Valley (Central)•Rich nutrient soil and abundance of water makes this areaperfect for growing vegetables and fruits•2 rivers - Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers
Coast Region•Lies along the Paciﬁc Ocean•More than 800 miles long•Divided into THREE sections: •Northern Coast •Central Coast •Southern Coast•Northern Coast - mountains & cliffs ••Central Coast - good soil, mountains, sand dunes, wetlands•Southern Coast - hills, mountains, and beaches
Mountain Region•Northern and eastern parts ofCalifornia•Many Lakes•Much of our water comes fromthis region•Large forests•State Parks •Yosemite
How Have People Used the Land? Resources We use the soil, water and forests in California as resources to meet people’s needs Soil to grow food T for lumber to build houses ree Water for drinking and growing crops
Changing the LandChanging the environment Dam - can be built to prevent ﬂood and to generate power for electricity Canal - narrow waterway that has been dug across land Panama Canal - built in 1914 to make travel between US west coast and east coast easier and faster
Changing the LandChanging the environment (continue) Port - area in the water that is used to store ships as they bring in cargos Los Angeles Port - Grew larger as a result of the Panama Canal being constructed
Healthy EnvironmentPeople can get sick from pollutionPollution makes the environment dirtyMany people think it is important to protectthe environment People can help protect the environment by following rulesJohn Muir worked to protect California’sresources more than 100 years ago His work later helped to create parks such as the Redwood National Park
VocabularyRegion – a large land area that has similar featuresGeography – the surface features of a placeResource – anything that meets people’s needsEnvironment – the land, water, and air in which people, animals, and plants liveFlood – a sudden ﬂow of water that covers what is normally dryCanal – a narrow waterway that has been dug across landProtect – keep someone or something safe
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