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Physical characteristics of the united states power point

  1. 1. PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE UNITED STATESImages fromMicrosoft ClipArt Created by Karen Hirschfield
  2. 2. ObjectivesIdentify physical characteristics asfeatures that are found in nature, eithermade of land or water.Identify major types of physicalcharacteristics.Locate physical characteristics on a mapof the United States.
  3. 3. Microsoft ClipArt Microsoft ClipArtPhysical Characteristics are found in nature.They are not made by humans.Physical characteristics can be made of land, calledlandforms, or are bodies of water.
  4. 4. Connecting Back to What You AlreadyKnow  Landforms:  Bodies of Water:  Mountain  Ocean  Hill  Lake  Peninsula  Pond  MountainRange  River  Sand Dunes  Waterfalls  Islands Microsoft ClipArt
  5. 5. 2 Categories of PhysicalCharacteristics LAND WATER Desert  Ocean Valley  Lake Mountain Range Plain  River System Coastal Plain  Gulf Plateau Basin Canyon Microsoft ClipArt
  6. 6. Answering Geographic Questions The 5 major  When studying Physical themes of Characteristics it helps us geography: understand the PLACE.1 – Location2 – Place  Remember, PLACE is one of the 53 – Human major themes of geography. and Environme nt Interaction  We can answer the following s questions:4 – Movement  What is it like there?5 – Regions  What are its physical characteristics?
  7. 7. Literacy Connection: Noticing Physical Characteristics in Song LyricsThis Land Is Your Land America the Beautiful“This land is your land, this land is “O beautiful for spacious my land skies,From California, to the New York For amber waves of grain, Island For purple mountainFrom the redwood forest, to the gulf majesties stream waters Above the fruited plain!This land was made for you and me America! America! God shed his grace on theeAs I was walking a ribbon of highway And crown thy good withI saw above me an endless skyway brotherhoodI saw below me a golden valley From sea to shining sea!” By: Woody GuthrieThis land was made for you and By: Katharine Lee Bat
  8. 8. Physical CharacteristicsThe following slides contain physicalcharacteristics that may be new to you.Notice the definition, examples, and photosto understand each!Remember: Physical characteristics are notmade by humans, instead they are found innature!
  9. 9. Mountain RangeDefinition:A row ofconnectedmountainsExamples:AppalachianMountainsRockyMountains All images from Microsoft ClipA
  10. 10. PlainsPlains Coastal Plains Definition: Low-lying  Definition: Low land that stretch of flat or rolling lies near the ocean land  Example: The Coastal Example: The Great Plain along the Atlantic Plains Ocean Microsoft ClipArt Microsoft ClipArt
  11. 11. Microsoft ClipArtPlateauDefinition: Flat land with higher elevationthan a plainExample: Ozark Plateau
  12. 12. Basin Definition: Low land surrounded by higher land Example: Death ValleyBy Ansel Adams By David Hiser
  13. 13. ValleyDefinition:Low landbetweenhills ormountain Microsoft ClipArtsExample:SanJoaquinValley Microsoft ClipArt
  14. 14. Taken by MariannaBolognesiCanyon Taken by Karen HirschfieldDefinition: A deep, narrow valley with steepsidesExample: The Grand Canyon
  15. 15. Bodies of WaterRiver System Gulf Definition: A river and all the  Definition: Part of the ocean rivers and bodies of water it that cuts into a large piece of connects to land Example: The Mississippi  Example: The Gulf of Mexico River System Microsoft ClipArtMicrosoft ClipArt
  16. 16. DesertDefinition: A region that gets very little rainExamples: Mojave Desert, Sonoran Desert, Painted Desert Microsoft ClipArt Microsoft ClipArt
  17. 17. Where are some of these physical characteristics located?Death Valley Ozark Plateau Mississippi River System Map courtesy of
  18. 18. Thinking Ahead… Microsoft ClipArtThere are many characteristics of theUnited States that ARE made by humans.What can you think of that is made byhumans?Are these human characteristics nearphysical characteristics? Why?
  19. 19. ResourcesAdams, Ansel. “Looking across desert toward mountains, "Death Valley National Monument," California.” 1941.Online image. Flickr. 8 May 2012. <>"America the Beautiful." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 05 Aug. 2012. Web. 08 May 2012.< wiki/America_the_Beautiful>.FreeRoamSoul. “The 50 State Challenge.” October 1, 2009. Online Image. Flickr. 8 May 2012.< photos/freeroamsoul/3973489446/in/set-72157623170857124/>Hiser, David. “Rifle, Southeast of the Piceance Basin.” 1972. Online Image. Flickr. 8 May 2012.< /usnationalarchives/3815838332/>MariannaBolognesi. “grand canyon.” August 9, 2009. Online Image. 7 May 2012. < mariannabolognesi/3853169156/in/set-72157622040761507>"This Land Is Your Land." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 05 June 2012. Web. 08 May 2012.< wiki/This_Land_Is_Your_Land>.