What are the main physical features of the United States?

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The main physical features of the United States include the Atlantic Ocean on the east coast and the Pacific Ocean on the west coast. There is also the Appalachian mountain range, which acts as a natural boundary that separates the low-lying alluvial plains of eastern Virginia and the lowlands of North America. The Great Plains of the central United States includes the Badlands of Dakota and the mesas of Texas. Other notable physical features are mountains: for example, mount Whitney in California, mount McKinley in Alaska, and Mauna Kea in Hawaii. There is also Copper River Valley in Alaska and the amazing fall foliage in Vermont. However, this list cannot be complete without mentioning the Grand Canyon, one of the most well-known physical features of the United States.

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The United States has several main physical features. One of these features is the major rivers we have in our country.  The main rivers in the United States are the Mississippi River, Ohio River, Missouri River, Colorado River, and the Columbia River.  These rivers are important for trade, transportation, and a source of water.

Another main feature is the mountains we have in our country.  The Rocky Mountains is a major chain.  Other mountain ranges include the Appalachian Mountains, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and the Cascade Mountains.

We also have deserts and plains. The Mojave Desert is found in the western part of the country.  The Great Plains is in the central part of the United States.

Finally, there are many lakes in the United States. We have five major Great Lakes and thousands of smaller lakes.

The United States has many geographic features.

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What are the major physical features of North America?

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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