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Title: Human Geography


1
The United States Of America
  • Human Geography

2
ESPN A Framework For Studying Countries
  • Economic
  • Social
  • Political
  • ENvironmental

Economic Social
Political ENvironmental
3
U.S. Economies
  • What specifically influences the economic makeup
    of the United States?
  • Natural Resources
  • Means of Production
  • Mass of Markets
  • Advent of Quaternary Sectors
  • What elements of our economy are representative
    of a free market?
  • What elements of our economy are representative
    of a socialist system?

4
Economic Regions of the U.S.
  • Northeast
  • Source of much of the U.S.s raw materials
  • River systems were important for production and
    refinement of raw materials, as well as their
    transportation
  • Midwest
  • Source of much of the U.S.s agricultural
    production
  • Large arable tracts of land are used for farming
    (corn, wheat) and husbandry (dairy, porcine,
    wool)
  • South
  • Historically agricultural (non-subsistence crops
    like cotton, tobacco)
  • New industries revolving around mineral wealth
    and services
  • West
  • Source of many raw materials and fuels
  • Also used for some husbandry and agriculture

5
Economic Infrastructure
  • Large emphasis put on commercial transportation
  • Interstate Highways
  • Rivers and canal systems
  • Railroads
  • Port cities
  • Necessity for communication
  • Most global business relies on to-the-minute
    information
  • Cellular and satellite coverage
  • Internet connections and Wi-Fi

6
Global Economies
  • Exports/Imports
  • Majority of U.S. business has to deal with the
    exportation and importation of goods to markets
    around the globe and here at home
  • Who saw the news report that we are close to
    becoming a net exporter of refined petroleum?
  • Who do we import many of our goods from? Who do
    we export to?
  • What do we export to other countries? What do we
    import?

7
Environment
  • Movement
  • Westward Expansion was hindered or aided by
    several geographic features
  • Mountain Ranges
  • Appalachian Mountains were the boundary of the 13
    Colonies
  • Rocky Mountains prevented efficient contact with
    Pacific Coast
  • Rivers
  • Mississippi River was Americas first
    superhighway
  • Lewis and Clark used the Missouri and Columbia
    Rivers to navigate the West
  • Deserts
  • Mojave Desert and Death Valley proved difficult
    to cross for many settlers

8
Environmental Interaction
  • Economic Uses
  • Rivers and Canals are used extensively for
    commercial trade and energy
  • Mountains are mined extensively for their mineral
    wealth
  • Aquifers are tapped to provide agricultural
    support
  • Even the wind is utilized to generate green
    energy
  • Cultural Uses
  • Air Conditioning allows comfortable living in
    arid environments
  • Insulation and central heating allow settlements
    at higher latitudes and elevations

9
Foldable Activity
  • Under Economic
  • Answer these questions
  • What types of economic activity does the U.S.
    participate in?
  • Is our economy more Socialist or Free Enterprise?
  • What does each region of the U.S. produce
    economically?
  • How do we transport our goods?
  • Who are our main import/export partners?
  • Under ENvironment
  • Answer these questions
  • What three physical features have impacted our
    settlements?
  • Which features were impediments? Which were aids?
  • How do we use the environment for economic gains?
  • How do we adapt to the environments in the U.S.?
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