Social Studies - 2018-19

WG.5 b - Physical and Environmental Features of US and Canada

The student will analyze the characteristics of the regions of the United States and Canada by 

b) describing major physical and environmental features; 

Adopted: 2015


Theme: Cooperation & Conflict (Location, Place, Human-Environment Interaction, Movement, Region)

How has the abundance of natural resources shaped the development of the United States and Canada?


The United States and Canada contain many of the major physical features in North America. 

The physical features of North America have influenced the development of the United States and Canada.


Major physical and environmental features 

  • Rivers 
    • St. Lawrence 
    • Mackenzie 
    • Mississippi 
    • Colorado 
    • Rio Grande 
  • Other water features
    • Gulf of Mexico 
    • Great Lakes 
    • Arctic Ocean 
    • Pacific Ocean 
    • Atlantic Ocean 
    • Hudson Bay 
    • Niagara Falls 
  • Land forms 
    • Appalachian Mountains 
    • Pacific Coastal Ranges 
    • Rocky Mountains 
    • Canadian Shield 
    • Great Plains 
    • Interior Lowlands 
    • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain
    • Grand Canyon
    • Columbian Plateau
    • Colorado Plateau
  • Continental Divide 
    • Varied climatic regions


Updated: Jun 13, 2018