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Title: Regional Geography and the United States and Canada


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Regional Geography and the United States and
Canada
  • WG.3b,4

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  • Regions are used to simplify the world for study
    and understanding

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Regional Landscapes
  • Regional landscapes reflect the cultural
    characteristics of their inhabitants. This can be
    seen in the architectural structures used in a
    region, and in the statues and monuments of
    local, national, or global significance.

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Architectural Structures Mosques-Islam
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Churches-Christianity
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Synagogues (Judaism)
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Temples (Buddhism)
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Pagodas (Buddhism)
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Dwellings (homes)
  • Tiles roofs in the Mediterranean

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Chalets in Switzerland
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Thatched Roofs
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Tents and Yurts
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Castles in Europe
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Statutes, and Monuments
  • Many have local, national or global significance
  • Taj Mahal

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Dome of the Rock and Pyramids
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Eiffel Tower and the White House
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Examples of other well know monuments
  • Kaaba (Mecca), Western Wall (Jerusalem), Church
    of the Holy Sepulcher (Jerusalem), Washington
    Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Kremlin (Moscow),
    Statute of Liberty, Virginia State Capital
    building

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Kaaba
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Western Wall (Wailing Wall)
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Examples of Physical and Cultural Regions
  • Physical regions
  • Sahara, Taiga, Rainforest, Great Plains, Low
    Countries
  • Cultural regions
  • Language (Latin America, Francophone world)

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  • Ethnic regions (Chinatown, Kurdistan)
  • Religious regions (Islam, Buddhism)
  • Economic regions (Wheat Belt, European Union)
  • Political regions (NATO, African Union AU)
  • Changes in perception regions
  • (Middle East, Sun Belt, Rust Belt)

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United States and Canada physical characteristics
  • Both nations have abundant natural resources.
  • The Continental Divide sits at the top of the
    Rocky Mountains and acts as a divider for North
    America
  • Many important rivers (Mississippi, St. Lawrence,
    Colorado, Columbia, and Rio Grande)

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  • US and Canada also have other important water
    features.
  • (Gulf of Mexico, Great Lakes, Arctic Ocean,
    Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, and the Hudson Bay)

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  • Important landformsAleutian Islands, Hawaiian
    archipelago, Appalachian Mountains, Pacific
    Coastal Ranges, Basin and Range region, Rocky
    Mountains, Great Plains, Interior Lowlands,
    Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains, Canadian
    Shield, Grand Canyon

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  • Both have varied climate regionsthey range from
    the tundra in Alaska to a tropical wet climate in
    Hawaii

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US and Canada economic characteristics
  • Both countries are major exporters of technology,
    consumer goods, information systems, and
    foodstuffs
  • Both have highly developed infrastructures
  • Both have highly diversified economies

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  • Both have a rich supply of mineral, energy, and
    forest resources
  • Both are members of the North American Free Trade
    Agreement (NAFTA)
  • Both are home to many multinational corporations

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  • US is the center of the world financial markets
    (New York Stock Exchange)
  • Both have sustained economic growth
  • Both have a widening gap between the rich and the
    poor

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  • The US exports our culture via the global
    marketplace. ExamplesMcDonalds, Coca-Cola,
    music, blue jeans

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Cultural characteristics of the US and Canada
  • Both countries were originally colonized by
    countries from Europe
  • Both have multicultural societies
  • Both have increasingly diverse populations

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  • Both have high literacy rates
  • Both have a high standard of living
  • Both are highly urbanized
  • Canada struggles to maintain a national identity
  • Both have highly mobile populations

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  • The worlds largest unfortified border is between
    the US and Canada
  • Both have a democratic form of government
  • Both are members of NATO
  • Both have arts that reflect the cultural heritage
    of their multicultural societies

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Important cities (centers of culture and trade)
  • Washington DC
  • Chicago
  • New York City
  • Los Angeles
  • Houston
  • Toronto
  • Montreal
  • Ottawa
  • Quebec
  • Vancouver, British Columbia

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Examples of the cultural landscape
  • US Capital building
  • Golden Gate Bridge

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  • Independence Hall
  • St. Louis Gateway Arch

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  • Wheat fields
  • Skyscrapers
  • Shopping malls
  • Bilingual signs
  • Influence of automobiles (ex. Gas stations,
    motels, interstate highways, drive up services)

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Human interaction affects the environment
  • Deforestationexamples are the Amazon Basin,
    Nepal, and Malaysia
  • Acid Rainexample is the Black Forest in Europe
  • Decreased soil fertilityExample is the Aswan
    High Dam in Egypt

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Criteria for determining a countries relative
importance
  • Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
  • Land size
  • Population size
  • Resources

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How do physical features impact humans
  • ExampleWater
  • Rio Grande River is a boundary
  • Ob River flows northward into the Arctic Ocean
  • Zambezi River provides water power
  • Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers are flood hazards

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  • ExampleMountains
  • Rocky Mountains create a rain shadow on the
    leeward slopes
  • Himalayas block moisture and create steppes and
    deserts in Central Asia
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