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What are the major physical features of North America?

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harpman360 | Student | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted August 25, 2009 at 9:12 AM via web

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What are the major physical features of North America?

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ctteacher | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted August 25, 2009 at 11:39 AM (Answer #1)

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The continent of North America consists of the three large countries of Canada, the United States of America and Mexico, and the smaller countries in Central America and the Caribbean Islands.

 

A physical feature is a natural characteristic on Earth's Surface. That is, lakes, mountains, oceans, rivers, etc.

 

There are many, many, many physical features in North America. Some of the major physical features in North America are:

 

  1. Atlantic Ocean
  2. Pacific Ocean
  3. Arctic Ocean
  4. Mississippi River
  5. The Great Lakes
  6. Hudson Bay (Canada)
  7. Gulf of Mexico
  8. Caribbean Sea
  9. Rocky Mountains
  10. Appalachian Mountains
  11. Yucatan Peninsula
  12. Great Plains
  13. Mexican Plateau
  14. Mount McKinley
  15. Great Salt Lake
  16. Death Valley, CA

The list could go on, and on, and on! Check out a PHYSICAL-POLITICAL MAP of North America and see if you can find more physical features to add to the list.

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mrsdelossantos | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted September 25, 2009 at 4:46 PM (Answer #2)

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I will go into more detail about some of the more prominent physical features mentioned in the previous post.

The western edge of North America coincides with the plate tectonic boundary between the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate. The results are several physical features: the San Andreas Fault, the Sierra Nevada mountain range, the Cascade mountain range (which includes Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier, both in Washington State), and the Aleutian trench and Aleutian islands.

In the north, the oldest part of the continent is the Canadian Shield, a vast horseshoe-shaped area of land around Hudson Bay.

The Appalachian mountains stretch from Alabama to Maine. They are the result of a continental-continental plate collision and millions of years of weathering and erosion. Much of the materials has been washed down to the Mississippi River, which has the third largest drainage basin in the world. The river ends in the Gulf Coast, characterized by low hills and deltas of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Colorado Plateau is characterized by ancient volcanic moutnains, broad plateaus, and canyons, including the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River.

The Basin and Range region, between the Colorado Plateau/Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Coast, is characterized by mostly north-south valleys and mountains. Large lakes often form (the best known of which is the Great Salt Lake in Utah).

The sedimentary environments of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains have made them prime sources of oil and gas formation.

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shihan | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted January 11, 2012 at 12:40 PM (Answer #3)

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1. Atlantic Ocean 2. Pacific Ocean 3. Arctic Ocean 4. Mississippi River 5. The Great Lakes 6. Hudson Bay (Canada) 7. Gulf of Mexico 8. Caribbean Sea 9. Rocky Mountains 10. Appalachian Mountains 11. Yucatan Peninsula 12. Great Plains 13. Mexican Plateau 14. Mount McKinley 15. Great Salt Lake 16. Death Valley, CA

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zumba96 | TA , Grade 11 | (Level 2) Valedictorian

Posted April 30, 2014 at 3:40 AM (Answer #10)

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Some major physical feature of North America would be the Rocky Mountains and the Mississippi Missouri River System

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chrisyhsun | TA , College Freshman | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted August 4, 2014 at 8:19 PM (Answer #11)

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Describing physical features of a continent is a huge task and there as lots of available responses. You can include major bodies of water within the continent - the Great Lakes, Mississippi River, etc. - and those surrounding the continent - Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, etc. You can include major geographical features such as the Rocky Mountains, the Appalachian Mountains, etc. Another way to physically describe North America is by the characteristic shape of the boundaries - the "tail" formed by Mexico, the peninsula of Florida, the extension of Alaska, and the jaggedy northern edge of Canada.

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suvetha | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted April 10, 2012 at 5:52 AM (Answer #6)

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The Rocky mountains & the Mississippi Missouri river system

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loraaa | Student | (Level 2) Valedictorian

Posted March 28, 2012 at 11:08 AM (Answer #7)

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  Hudson Bay (Canada)- Arctic Ocean - Mississippi River ... ect.

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superking98 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 15, 2012 at 12:23 AM (Answer #8)

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everything they said :)

 

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melonsmasher | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted June 5, 2012 at 9:33 AM (Answer #9)

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Lakes,Mountains,Rivers,Oceans and Bays.

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