Ch 6 USA

rocky mountains

the chief mountain range of western North America

appalachian mountains

the geologically oldest mountain system found in eastern North America

pacific coast range

small mountain range on the west coast, low in elevation

canadian shield

a huge, rocky region that curves around Hudson Bay like a giant horseshoe. The Shield covers half the land area of Canada.

interior lowlands

Located west of the Appalachian Mountains and east of the Great Plains, Rolling flatlands with many rivers, broad river valleys, and grassy hills

great plains

flat tree-less landscape that stretches through the central portion of north america from texas to canada

grand canyon

a vast and richly colored canyon on the Colorado River in northwestern Arizona

mississippi river

a major North American river and the chief river of the United States

colorado river

The major river that flows through the grand canyon, this river created the grand canyon

st. lawrence river

flows from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean

rio grande

the border between texas and mexico, largest river in texas

columbia river

largest river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America

gulf of mexico

body of water that is between Texas and Florida

great lakes

a group of five freshwater lakes of the central North America between the United States and Canada; the lakes are Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior

hudson bay

Canadian Shield Surronds...hint.. horseshoe


climate found in the great plains


climate found in the southwest part of the USA

marine west coast

climate found along the coast of northern california, oregon, and washington


climate found along the coast of southern california


climate found in alaska

tropical wet

climate found in hawaii

humid suptropical

climate found in the eastern usa

humid continental

climate found in northern states

free enterprise

economic system in which individuals and businesses are allowed to compete for profit with a minimum of government interference

service industry

an industry in which workers are paid to do things for other people

postindustrial economy

a productive system based on service work and high technology where manufacturing is not the dominate activity


a corporation that has manufacturing or service operations in a number of different countries


henry ford introduces the assembly line to manufacturing


kdka in pittsburgh, pa delivers first radio broadcast


us department of defense introduces the computer network that will become the internet

mount mckinley

tallest mountain in North America, located in Alaska

death valley

This California locale contains the lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level and he highest temperature ever recorded in the US (134 degrees F).


the name given to a line of large northeastern cities running south from Boston to Washington D.C.


1st television broadcast, showed the nation the world series

lake superior

largest lake in north america