United States Geography
United States Geography
U.S Geography Basics
U.S Geography Basics
• 4th largest country in the World
U.S Geography Basics
• 4th largest country in the World
• Made up of 50 states - 48 of them are
  contiguous
U.S Geography Basics
• 4th largest country in the World
• Made up of 50 states - 48 of them are
  contiguous

• The U.S. h...
U.S. Economy Basics
U.S. Economy Basics

 • Free Enterprise System - Based on
   the idea that individual people have
   the right to run busi...
The 5 physical regions
The 5 physical regions
•   The Coastal
    Plains
The 5 physical regions
•   The Coastal
    Plains

•   The Appalachian
    Mountains
The 5 physical regions
•   The Coastal
    Plains

•   The Appalachian
    Mountains

•   The Interior
    Plains
The 5 physical regions
•   The Coastal
    Plains

•   The Appalachian
    Mountains

•   The Interior
    Plains

•   Mou...
The 5 physical regions
•   The Coastal
    Plains

•   The Appalachian
    Mountains

•   The Interior
    Plains

•   Mou...
Coastal Plains
Coastal Plains
•   Located along the eastern and southeastern
    coasts of the U.S.
Coastal Plains
•   Located along the eastern and southeastern
    coasts of the U.S.

•   The eastern lowlands are known a...
Coastal Plains
•   Located along the eastern and southeastern
    coasts of the U.S.

•   The eastern lowlands are known a...
Atlantic Coastal Plain
Atlantic Coastal Plain
•   Boston, New York City, Philadelphia,
    Baltimore and Washington all lie in the
    A.C.P.
Atlantic Coastal Plain
•   Boston, New York City, Philadelphia,
    Baltimore and Washington all lie in the
    A.C.P.

  ...
Atlantic Coastal Plain
•   Boston, New York City, Philadelphia,
    Baltimore and Washington all lie in the
    A.C.P.

  ...
Atlantic Coastal Plain
•   Boston, New York City, Philadelphia,
    Baltimore and Washington all lie in the
    A.C.P.

  ...
Atlantic Coastal Plain
•   Boston, New York City, Philadelphia,
    Baltimore and Washington all lie in the
    A.C.P.

  ...
Economy of the Atlantic Coastal Plain
Economy of the Atlantic Coastal Plain
Economy of the Atlantic Coastal Plain
•   Rocky soil and steep hills are a challenge to farmers in this region.
Economy of the Atlantic Coastal Plain
•   Rocky soil and steep hills are a challenge to farmers in this region.


•   The ...
Economy of the Atlantic Coastal Plain
•   Rocky soil and steep hills are a challenge to farmers in this region.


•   The ...
Gulf Coastal Plains
Gulf Coastal Plains
•   Because of the warm, wet
    climate and the rich soil
    agriculture flourishes in the
    south...
Gulf Coastal Plains
•   Because of the warm, wet
    climate and the rich soil
    agriculture flourishes in the
    south...
Gulf Coastal Plains
•   Because of the warm, wet
    climate and the rich soil
    agriculture flourishes in the
    south...
Gulf Coastal Plains
•   Because of the warm, wet
    climate and the rich soil
    agriculture flourishes in the
    south...
Southern Agriculture
Southern Agriculture
Region # 2
The Appalachian
   Mountains
Appalachian Mts.
Appalachian Mts.
•   West of the
    Atlantic
    Coastal Plain
Appalachian Mts.
•   West of the
    Atlantic
    Coastal Plain

•   Stretch all the
    way from
    Eastern Canada
    t...
Appalachian Mts.
•   West of the
    Atlantic
    Coastal Plain

•   Stretch all the
    way from
    Eastern Canada
    t...
Appalachian Mts.
Appalachian Mts.
Region # 3
The Interior Plains
Region # 3
The Interior Plains
Region # 3
The Interior Plains
Region # 3
The Interior Plains
Region # 3
The Interior Plains
Region # 3
The Interior Plains
The Interior Plains
The Interior Plains
• West of the
  Appalachian Mountains
  and East of the Rocky
  Mountains
The Interior Plains
• West of the
  Appalachian Mountains
  and East of the Rocky
  Mountains

• Land is fertile and
  far...
The Interior Plains
• West of the
  Appalachian Mountains
  and East of the Rocky
  Mountains

• Land is fertile and
  far...
The Interior Plains
• West of the
  Appalachian Mountains
  and East of the Rocky
  Mountains

• Land is fertile and
  far...
Interior West Waterways
Interior West Waterways
 • The Great Lakes - The largest group of
   freshwater lakes in the world.
Interior West Waterways
  • The Great Lakes - The largest group of
    freshwater lakes in the world.

• HOMES
Interior West Waterways
  • The Great Lakes - The largest group of
    freshwater lakes in the world.

• HOMES
 • Huron
Interior West Waterways
   • The Great Lakes - The largest group of
     freshwater lakes in the world.

• HOMES
 • Huron
...
Interior West Waterways
   • The Great Lakes - The largest group of
     freshwater lakes in the world.

• HOMES
 • Huron
...
Interior West Waterways
   • The Great Lakes - The largest group of
     freshwater lakes in the world.

• HOMES
 • Huron
...
Interior West Waterways
   • The Great Lakes - The largest group of
     freshwater lakes in the world.

• HOMES
 • Huron
...
Navigable Waters
Navigable Waters
•   Navigable- Wide and deep enough to allow the
    passage of ships.
Navigable Waters
•   Navigable- Wide and deep enough to allow the
    passage of ships.

•   Mississippi River- 4th longes...
Navigable Waters
 •   Navigable- Wide and deep enough to allow the
     passage of ships.

 •   Mississippi River- 4th lon...
Navigable Waters
 •   Navigable- Wide and deep enough to allow the
     passage of ships.

 •   Mississippi River- 4th lon...
Navigable Waters
 •   Navigable- Wide and deep enough to allow the
     passage of ships.

 •   Mississippi River- 4th lon...
Navigable Waters
 •   Navigable- Wide and deep enough to allow the
     passage of ships.

 •   Mississippi River- 4th lon...
Interior Plains
Interior Plains
Great Plains
Great Plains
• Dry climate used for raising cattle and sheep.
Great Plains
• Dry climate used for raising cattle and sheep.
• The rich
  grasslands
  once provided
  food for
  million...
Region # 4
 Mountains
and Plateaus
Region # 4
 Mountains
and Plateaus
Region # 4
 Mountains
and Plateaus
Region # 4
 Mountains
and Plateaus
Region # 4
 Mountains
and Plateaus
Mountains
Mountains
• The Rocky Mountains begin in Alaska and run south to Mexico.
Mountains
• The Rocky Mountains begin in Alaska and run south to Mexico.
• Along the tops of
   these mountains is
   the ...
Mountains
• The Rocky Mountains begin in Alaska and run south to Mexico.
• Along the tops of
   these mountains is
   the ...
Plateaus
Plateaus
•   Between the
    Rockies and the
    Pacific Coast are
    plateaus, canyons
    and deserts.
Plateaus
•   Between the
    Rockies and the
    Pacific Coast are
    plateaus, canyons
    and deserts.

•   The most fa...
Region #5
The Pacific Coast
Pacific Coast
Pacific Coast
•   Two main
    mountain ranges
    lie in the Pacific
    Coast.
Pacific Coast
•   Two main
    mountain ranges
    lie in the Pacific
    Coast.

•   The Cascade
    Mountain Range
    a...
Cascade Mountains
Cascade Mountains
•   Reach from
    Washington
    to
    California.
Cascade Mountains
•   Reach from
    Washington
    to
    California.

•   Volcanoes
    formed the
    high peaks
    of...
Mount St. Helens
Mount St. Helens
•   Active volcano in Washington
    - 96 miles south of Seattle
Mount St. Helens
•   Active volcano in Washington
    - 96 miles south of Seattle

•   Located in the Cascade Range
Mount St. Helens
•   Active volcano in Washington
    - 96 miles south of Seattle

•   Located in the Cascade Range

•   M...
Mount St. Helens
•   Active volcano in Washington
    - 96 miles south of Seattle

•   Located in the Cascade Range

•   M...
Sierra Nevada Range
Sierra Nevada Range
•   Located along
    California’s eastern
    coast.
Sierra Nevada Range
•   Located along
    California’s eastern
    coast.

•   “Nevada” means
    snow covered in
    Span...
Sierra Nevada Range
•   Located along
    California’s eastern
    coast.

•   “Nevada” means
    snow covered in
    Span...
Industry in the Pacific
Industry in the Pacific
•   To the west of
    the two pacific
    mts. lie fertile
    valleys.
Industry in the Pacific
•   To the west of
    the two pacific
    mts. lie fertile
    valleys.

•   Farming, fishing,
  ...
Industry in the Pacific
•   To the west of
    the two pacific
    mts. lie fertile
    valleys.

•   Farming, fishing,
  ...
Industry in the Pacific
•   To the west of
    the two pacific
    mts. lie fertile
    valleys.

•   Farming, fishing,
  ...
Industry in the Pacific
•   To the west of
    the two pacific
    mts. lie fertile
    valleys.

•   Farming, fishing,
  ...
Gold Rush
• Gold Rush Timeline
• 3 different routes
 • Overland route
 • Isthmus of Panama
 • Cape Horn
Service Industries

• Service Industry- An industry that
  provides services rather than goods.

 • Ghirardelli Chocolates...
Population Explosion in West
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  • U.S. Geography Wiki

    1. 1. United States Geography
    2. 2. United States Geography
    3. 3. U.S Geography Basics
    4. 4. U.S Geography Basics • 4th largest country in the World
    5. 5. U.S Geography Basics • 4th largest country in the World • Made up of 50 states - 48 of them are contiguous
    6. 6. U.S Geography Basics • 4th largest country in the World • Made up of 50 states - 48 of them are contiguous • The U.S. has 5 main physical regions
    7. 7. U.S. Economy Basics
    8. 8. U.S. Economy Basics • Free Enterprise System - Based on the idea that individual people have the right to run businesses to make a profit. • This means that citizens are free to choose whatever job they want.
    9. 9. The 5 physical regions
    10. 10. The 5 physical regions • The Coastal Plains
    11. 11. The 5 physical regions • The Coastal Plains • The Appalachian Mountains
    12. 12. The 5 physical regions • The Coastal Plains • The Appalachian Mountains • The Interior Plains
    13. 13. The 5 physical regions • The Coastal Plains • The Appalachian Mountains • The Interior Plains • Mountains and Plateaus
    14. 14. The 5 physical regions • The Coastal Plains • The Appalachian Mountains • The Interior Plains • Mountains and Plateaus • The Pacific Coast
    15. 15. Coastal Plains
    16. 16. Coastal Plains • Located along the eastern and southeastern coasts of the U.S.
    17. 17. Coastal Plains • Located along the eastern and southeastern coasts of the U.S. • The eastern lowlands are known as the Atlantic Coastal Plain.
    18. 18. Coastal Plains • Located along the eastern and southeastern coasts of the U.S. • The eastern lowlands are known as the Atlantic Coastal Plain. • The lowlands in the south are known as the Gulf Coastal Plain.
    19. 19. Atlantic Coastal Plain
    20. 20. Atlantic Coastal Plain • Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington all lie in the A.C.P.
    21. 21. Atlantic Coastal Plain • Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington all lie in the A.C.P. • These cities are important centers for banking, insurance, and finance.
    22. 22. Atlantic Coastal Plain • Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington all lie in the A.C.P. • These cities are important centers for banking, insurance, and finance. • New York City is one of the financial capitals of the world.
    23. 23. Atlantic Coastal Plain • Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington all lie in the A.C.P. • These cities are important centers for banking, insurance, and finance. • New York City is one of the financial capitals of the world. • Washington D.C. is the capital of the U.S.
    24. 24. Atlantic Coastal Plain • Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington all lie in the A.C.P. • These cities are important centers for banking, insurance, and finance. • New York City is one of the financial capitals of the world. • Washington D.C. is the capital of the U.S. • These cities and their suburbs form a megalopolis.
    25. 25. Economy of the Atlantic Coastal Plain
    26. 26. Economy of the Atlantic Coastal Plain
    27. 27. Economy of the Atlantic Coastal Plain • Rocky soil and steep hills are a challenge to farmers in this region.
    28. 28. Economy of the Atlantic Coastal Plain • Rocky soil and steep hills are a challenge to farmers in this region. • The region has plenty of deep water ports and swift moving rivers.
    29. 29. Economy of the Atlantic Coastal Plain • Rocky soil and steep hills are a challenge to farmers in this region. • The region has plenty of deep water ports and swift moving rivers. • Manufacturing, trade, and fishing are the heartbeat of this region.
    30. 30. Gulf Coastal Plains
    31. 31. Gulf Coastal Plains • Because of the warm, wet climate and the rich soil agriculture flourishes in the southern states.
    32. 32. Gulf Coastal Plains • Because of the warm, wet climate and the rich soil agriculture flourishes in the southern states. • Louisiana/Arkansas- Rice and Sugarcane
    33. 33. Gulf Coastal Plains • Because of the warm, wet climate and the rich soil agriculture flourishes in the southern states. • Louisiana/Arkansas- Rice and Sugarcane • Virginia/Carolinas- Tobacco
    34. 34. Gulf Coastal Plains • Because of the warm, wet climate and the rich soil agriculture flourishes in the southern states. • Louisiana/Arkansas- Rice and Sugarcane • Virginia/Carolinas- Tobacco • Florida- Citrus Fruits
    35. 35. Southern Agriculture
    36. 36. Southern Agriculture
    37. 37. Region # 2 The Appalachian Mountains
    38. 38. Appalachian Mts.
    39. 39. Appalachian Mts. • West of the Atlantic Coastal Plain
    40. 40. Appalachian Mts. • West of the Atlantic Coastal Plain • Stretch all the way from Eastern Canada to Alabama
    41. 41. Appalachian Mts. • West of the Atlantic Coastal Plain • Stretch all the way from Eastern Canada to Alabama • Oldest Mts. on the continent
    42. 42. Appalachian Mts.
    43. 43. Appalachian Mts.
    44. 44. Region # 3 The Interior Plains
    45. 45. Region # 3 The Interior Plains
    46. 46. Region # 3 The Interior Plains
    47. 47. Region # 3 The Interior Plains
    48. 48. Region # 3 The Interior Plains
    49. 49. Region # 3 The Interior Plains
    50. 50. The Interior Plains
    51. 51. The Interior Plains • West of the Appalachian Mountains and East of the Rocky Mountains
    52. 52. The Interior Plains • West of the Appalachian Mountains and East of the Rocky Mountains • Land is fertile and farms are productive.
    53. 53. The Interior Plains • West of the Appalachian Mountains and East of the Rocky Mountains • Land is fertile and farms are productive. • The Midwest is known as the breadbasket of America
    54. 54. The Interior Plains • West of the Appalachian Mountains and East of the Rocky Mountains • Land is fertile and farms are productive. • It is called the breadbasket • The Midwest is known because farming is the main industry and farms provide as the breadbasket food for much of the U.S. of America
    55. 55. Interior West Waterways
    56. 56. Interior West Waterways • The Great Lakes - The largest group of freshwater lakes in the world.
    57. 57. Interior West Waterways • The Great Lakes - The largest group of freshwater lakes in the world. • HOMES
    58. 58. Interior West Waterways • The Great Lakes - The largest group of freshwater lakes in the world. • HOMES • Huron
    59. 59. Interior West Waterways • The Great Lakes - The largest group of freshwater lakes in the world. • HOMES • Huron • Ontario
    60. 60. Interior West Waterways • The Great Lakes - The largest group of freshwater lakes in the world. • HOMES • Huron • Ontario • Michigan
    61. 61. Interior West Waterways • The Great Lakes - The largest group of freshwater lakes in the world. • HOMES • Huron • Ontario • Michigan • Erie
    62. 62. Interior West Waterways • The Great Lakes - The largest group of freshwater lakes in the world. • HOMES • Huron • Ontario • Michigan • Erie • Superior
    63. 63. Navigable Waters
    64. 64. Navigable Waters • Navigable- Wide and deep enough to allow the passage of ships.
    65. 65. Navigable Waters • Navigable- Wide and deep enough to allow the passage of ships. • Mississippi River- 4th longest river in the world.
    66. 66. Navigable Waters • Navigable- Wide and deep enough to allow the passage of ships. • Mississippi River- 4th longest river in the world. • As a result of navigable waters, cities in the midwest are major ports even though they are far from an ocean.
    67. 67. Navigable Waters • Navigable- Wide and deep enough to allow the passage of ships. • Mississippi River- 4th longest river in the world. • As a result of navigable waters, cities in the midwest are major ports even though they are far from an ocean.
    68. 68. Navigable Waters • Navigable- Wide and deep enough to allow the passage of ships. • Mississippi River- 4th longest river in the world. • As a result of navigable waters, cities in the midwest are major ports even though they are far from an ocean.
    69. 69. Navigable Waters • Navigable- Wide and deep enough to allow the passage of ships. • Mississippi River- 4th longest river in the world. • As a result of navigable waters, cities in the midwest are major ports even though they are far from an ocean.
    70. 70. Interior Plains
    71. 71. Interior Plains
    72. 72. Great Plains
    73. 73. Great Plains • Dry climate used for raising cattle and sheep.
    74. 74. Great Plains • Dry climate used for raising cattle and sheep. • The rich grasslands once provided food for millions of buffalo and and the Native Americans who lived there.
    75. 75. Region # 4 Mountains and Plateaus
    76. 76. Region # 4 Mountains and Plateaus
    77. 77. Region # 4 Mountains and Plateaus
    78. 78. Region # 4 Mountains and Plateaus
    79. 79. Region # 4 Mountains and Plateaus
    80. 80. Mountains
    81. 81. Mountains • The Rocky Mountains begin in Alaska and run south to Mexico.
    82. 82. Mountains • The Rocky Mountains begin in Alaska and run south to Mexico. • Along the tops of these mountains is the Continental Divide.
    83. 83. Mountains • The Rocky Mountains begin in Alaska and run south to Mexico. • Along the tops of these mountains is the Continental Divide. • This ridge separates rivers that flow west towards the Pacific from those that flow east.
    84. 84. Plateaus
    85. 85. Plateaus • Between the Rockies and the Pacific Coast are plateaus, canyons and deserts.
    86. 86. Plateaus • Between the Rockies and the Pacific Coast are plateaus, canyons and deserts. • The most famous canyon in the United States is the Grand Canyon.
    87. 87. Region #5 The Pacific Coast
    88. 88. Pacific Coast
    89. 89. Pacific Coast • Two main mountain ranges lie in the Pacific Coast.
    90. 90. Pacific Coast • Two main mountain ranges lie in the Pacific Coast. • The Cascade Mountain Range and the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.
    91. 91. Cascade Mountains
    92. 92. Cascade Mountains • Reach from Washington to California.
    93. 93. Cascade Mountains • Reach from Washington to California. • Volcanoes formed the high peaks of the Cascades.
    94. 94. Mount St. Helens
    95. 95. Mount St. Helens • Active volcano in Washington - 96 miles south of Seattle
    96. 96. Mount St. Helens • Active volcano in Washington - 96 miles south of Seattle • Located in the Cascade Range
    97. 97. Mount St. Helens • Active volcano in Washington - 96 miles south of Seattle • Located in the Cascade Range • Made famous for the eruption on May 18, 1980
    98. 98. Mount St. Helens • Active volcano in Washington - 96 miles south of Seattle • Located in the Cascade Range • Made famous for the eruption on May 18, 1980 • Fifty-seven people were killed; 250 homes, 47 bridges, 15 miles (24 km) of railways, and 185 miles (298 km) of highway were destroyed.
    99. 99. Sierra Nevada Range
    100. 100. Sierra Nevada Range • Located along California’s eastern coast.
    101. 101. Sierra Nevada Range • Located along California’s eastern coast. • “Nevada” means snow covered in Spanish.
    102. 102. Sierra Nevada Range • Located along California’s eastern coast. • “Nevada” means snow covered in Spanish. • The tops of the Sierra Nevada remain snow covered year round.
    103. 103. Industry in the Pacific
    104. 104. Industry in the Pacific • To the west of the two pacific mts. lie fertile valleys.
    105. 105. Industry in the Pacific • To the west of the two pacific mts. lie fertile valleys. • Farming, fishing, and lumbering are major industries of this region.
    106. 106. Industry in the Pacific • To the west of the two pacific mts. lie fertile valleys. • Farming, fishing, and lumbering are major industries of this region.
    107. 107. Industry in the Pacific • To the west of the two pacific mts. lie fertile valleys. • Farming, fishing, and lumbering are major industries of this region.
    108. 108. Industry in the Pacific • To the west of the two pacific mts. lie fertile valleys. • Farming, fishing, and lumbering are major industries of this region.
    109. 109. Gold Rush • Gold Rush Timeline • 3 different routes • Overland route • Isthmus of Panama • Cape Horn
    110. 110. Service Industries • Service Industry- An industry that provides services rather than goods. • Ghirardelli Chocolates • Levi Strauss
    111. 111. Population Explosion in West

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