North America's Main Physical Regions
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North America's Main Physical Regions

Explore and test your knowledge about the three main physical regions of North America: the Western Cordilleras, the Central Plains, and the Eastern Highlands. Learn about the major mountain ranges, plains, rivers, and landforms that characterize each region.

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Which physical region in North America includes the Rocky Mountains, the Cascade Range, and the Sierra Nevada?

Western Cordilleras

What are the two main components of the Central Plains in North America?

Canadian Shield and the vast lowlands drained by the Mississippi River

What geological event resulted in the formation of depressions that later became the Great Lakes on the Canadian Shield?

Ice Age

Which river in North America, along with its tributary Missouri, forms a large Delta before flowing into the Gulf of Mexico?

<p>Mississippi River</p> Signup and view all the answers

What chain of old fold mountains stretches from the St. Lawrence River valley down through most of the eastern United States?

<p>Appalachians</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the third longest river in the world in North America?

<p>Mississippi River</p> Signup and view all the answers

Describe the geographical features of the Western Cordilleras in North America.

<p>The Western Cordilleras stretch from Alaska to Panama along the western coast and include the Rocky Mountains, the Cascade Range, the Coastal Range, the Sierra Nevada, and the Sierra Madre.</p> Signup and view all the answers

Explain the significance of the Canadian Shield in North America.

<p>The Canadian Shield was covered with ice during the Ice Age, resulting in the formation of depressions that later became the Great Lakes.</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the role of the Mississippi River in North America?

<p>The Mississippi River, along with its tributary Missouri, forms a large Delta before flowing into the Gulf of Mexico.</p> Signup and view all the answers

Discuss the geographical features of the Eastern Highlands in North America.

<p>The Eastern Highlands consist of the Appalachians, a chain of old fold mountains stretching from the St. Lawrence River valley down through most of the eastern United States.</p> Signup and view all the answers

How do the Central Plains contribute to the geography of North America?

<p>The Central Plains, also known as the Great Plains, extend from the Arctic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico and include the Canadian Shield and the vast lowlands drained by the Mississippi River.</p> Signup and view all the answers

Identify the physical regions that North America can be divided into.

<p>North America can be divided into the Western Cordilleras or mountain ranges, the central plains, and the Eastern Highlands.</p> Signup and view all the answers

Study Notes

  • North America can be divided into three main physical regions: the Western Cordilleras or mountain ranges, the central plains, and the Eastern Highlands.
  • The Western Cordilleras stretch from Alaska to Panama along the western coast and include the Rocky Mountains, the Cascade Range, the Coastal Range, the Sierra Nevada, and the Sierra Madre.
  • The Central Plains, also known as the Great Plains, extend from the Arctic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico and include the Canadian Shield and the vast lowlands drained by the Mississippi River.
  • The Canadian Shield, part of the Central Plains, was covered with ice during the Ice Age, resulting in the formation of depressions that later became the Great Lakes.
  • The Mississippi River, along with its tributary Missouri, is the third longest river in the world and forms a large Delta before flowing into the Gulf of Mexico.
  • The Eastern Highlands consist of the Appalachians, a chain of old fold mountains stretching from the St. Lawrence River valley down through most of the eastern United States.

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