GEOG 102 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Interior Plains, Krastyo Sarafov National Academy For Theatre And Film Arts, Bering Sea

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Chapter 1
North America
Major Geographic Qualities
o 2 of world’s largest territorial states
o Federal states
o Plural societies
o Quebecois French-speaking Canada
o Highly urbanized mobile societies
o High incomes and high rates of consumption
o Postindustrial societies and economics
o Chief trading partner NATFA
o Diverse multicultural real
-immigration and high transnational mobility
Population Clusters
o Cultural pluralism
o Canada
-East and South Asian
o United States
-Hispanic (16%)
-African American (13%)
-Other Ethnic Backgrounds
Physical Geography
Physiographic Regions
o Plains
o Coastal plains
-Gulf-Atlantic Coastal
-Arctic Coastal Plain
o Interior Plains
-Interior Lowlands
-Great Plains
o Canadian Shield
o Mountains and Highlands
-Appalachian Highlands
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Chapter 1
-Interior Highlands
-Rocky Mountains
-Intermountain Basins and Plateaus
-Pacific Mountains and Valleys
H20
- Great Lakes/Great Rivers
o 5 Great Lakes
o St. Lawrence River
o Mississippi-Missouri
- Other key rivers
o Chesapeake
o Colorado
o Columbia
o Other key water bodies
o Chesapeake Bay
o Gulf of Mexico
o Hudson Bay
o Bering Sea
Rain Shadow Effect
o Dry air on leeward side of mountains after windward condensation and rainfall
removes moisture
o Occurs inland of the mountain ranges along west coast of North America
o Moisture-laden air moves in from Pacific
o Mountain wall forces air upward, cools, condenses, and produces rain/snow
o Air crosses mountain, then descends and warms, containing less moisture, less
rain
Cultural Foundations
Native American and European Settlement
o “Native Americans” in US
o “First Nations” in Canada
o European
-Britain and France
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