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GEOG 2RW3 Lecture 3: Week 3 United States and Canada

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Department
Geography
Course
GEOG 2RW3
Professor
Michael Mercier
Semester
Winter

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017 Week 3 United States and Canada Geographical Extent - The North American continent (excluding Mexico, Greenland, Central America and the Caribbean Islands) - The United Staes and Canada - Area: ~19.6 km^2 - 4th largest - U.S.A: 322 m - Canada: 36million - Urbanization: ~79% - 2nd highest Physical Geographic Patterns - Climate - Factors: latitude, elevation and marine - Prevailing weather: west or south-east - Temperatures: north and south - Precipitation: NW and SE vs interior and SW - Physiography: features and regions - Physiographic Features - 1. Western Mountain - 2. Eastern Mountains - 3. Central Plains/Plateau - 4. Southeastern Coastal Plain 1 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - Key elements of the region’s physical landscape - river systems - great plains - Physical Landscapes - Boreal forest - Northern Tundra - Appalachian Mountains - Southeastern Coastal Plain - Rocky Mountains - Southwestern Deserts Human Geographic Patterns - Thinking mostly of human (cultural) characteristics, what sub-regions can we identify in North America? - Silicon Valley - Rust Belt - Bible Belt - Dirty South (Deep South) - Maritimes - Prairies - Northwest - North - South - Southwest - Indigenous settlement of North America - First human inhabitants: descendants of Asia, via land bridge 2 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - Siberia (Russia) and Alaska - Ice age and lower sea levels - Climate change = melting and rising sea levels - Cultural adaptation - Immigration to North America - waves of immigra
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