North America Physical Vocabulary
Vocabulary • Mesa: flat-topped natural elevations • Continental Divide: a line that separates rivers that flow toward opposite ends of a continent. • Headwaters: water sources of rivers. • Tributary: brooks, rivers, and streams that feed their waters into one river.
Vocabulary • Blizzard: snowstorms with high winds. • (in excess of 34 mph) • Tornado: swirling column of air with winds that reach 300 mph. • Hurricane: ocean storms hundreds of miles wide with winds of 75 mph or more. • Typhoon: hurricanes in the Pacific Ocean. • Chinook: warm winds that blow down the slopes of the Rockies in winter and spring.
Vocabulary • Timberline: the elevation above which trees cannot grow. • Appalachian Mountains: North America’s oldest mountain range, extending 1,500 miles from Quebec to Alabama. • Pacific Ranges: mountains ranges along the west coast – Alaska, Coast, Cascade, and Sierra Nevada ranges. • Rocky Mountains: massive, craggy mountains that stretch 3,000 miles from Alaska to New Mexico.
Vocabulary • Great Basin: a broad, low bowl including the hottest and lowest place in the U.S. (Death Valley). • Great Plains: a broad, flat plain extending over 400 miles from the Rockies through the central parts of Canada and the U.S. • Canadian Shield: a huge area of ancient rock, cover the Eastern half of Canada.
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