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  • 1. Texas History Chapter 2.2 The Physical Landscape of Texas
  • 2. Why are we studying this? Texas varying climates influence nature and how people work and live.
  • 3. Weather & Climate
    • Climate —an area’s pattern of weather over a long period of time
  • 4. Weather & Climate
    • Factors affecting Texas climate:
      • Location
      • Winds
        • Western Winds
        • Panhandle Winds
  • 5. Weather & Climate
    • Factors affecting Texas climate:
      • Gulf of Mexico
        • Humidity —the amount of moisture in the air
      • Elevation
  • 6.  
  • 7. Rainfall in Texas
    • The amount of precipitation increases from East  West
    • West Texas: 8-14 in/yr East Texas: 39-56 in/yr
    • East Texas receives more rain because it is closer to the Gulf Coast.
    • Panhandle receives snow
  • 8. Rainfall in Texas
    • Drought —long period without rain
  • 9. Severe Weather Tornadoes Hurricanes Blizzards
  • 10. Texas Vegetation
  • 11. Texas Vegetation
    • Wife of President Lyndon B. Johnson
    • Led efforts to plant wildflowers along TX highways
    Lady Bird Johnson
  • 12. Texas Vegetation Established the National Wildlife Research Center in Austin
  • 13. Texas Vegetation
    • Center provides research info on native plants.
    • Planting flowers prevents erosion
    • Erosion —soil loss
  • 14. Texas Wildlife
    • Vegetation of Texas provides a habitat to a variety of animals
    • Habitat —environmental home of an animal
  • 15. Texas Wildlife
    • As the state’s environment has changed, the habitat of some animals can be destroyed
    • Extinct —to die out completely or disappear