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Geog Notes – Final – The United States and Canada November 16, 2006 The physical geography of the land has mountains in the East and the West. The Appalachians in the East are not as tall as say the Rockies in the West because the App. Are older and have been worn down after time. We have a mid-latitude, sub-tropical climate in Louisiana. Most of the region has a continental climate. North Canada has an Arctic Climate as well as the mountainous regions because of the high altitude. The California coast has a Mediterranean climate. We have quite a range of climates. Only the true tropical climate is missing form our area because we are too far from the equator with Hawaii being an exception. The U.S and Canada are two of the largest countries in the world (as far as landmass), Canada is 2 nd and the U.S. is 4 th . The United State’s population is about 300 million while Canada’s is only about 30 million. Both regions are highly urbanized. Approximately 80% of the population lives in urban areas. The North Eastern U.S. and neighboring Canadian cities like Toronto and Montreal are densely populated. Most of Canada’s population live along the U.S./ Canadian border. Megalopolis - region of major cities in N.E. U.S. where cities are highly meshed together. (From Boston to D.C.). We are a region of extreme affluence and abundance. We have the world’s most powerful economy and the only remaining super power. 15 of the 20 largest companies in the world are U.S. based. We are not only rich in money but also in natural resources such as lumber, minerals, animals, good soils and we also have a huge agriculture business. AFFLUENCE The median income in the U.S. in 1996 was $36,000 and in Canada it was $30,000. The world average was $5000. We also have the highest rate of consumption in the world. We only represent 6% of the world’s population but we use 30% of the world’s commercial energy. WE pollute more than any other country and we generate 5 times more hazardous waste than the entire European Union. Americans do not share their abundance and affluence. 19% of Americans look at their income and consider it to be in the top 1%. The social and economic gap between the rich and the poor has widened and it’s likely to continue. The affluence is not evenly distributed among the different types of people and regions. Poverty is prevalent especially in areas like urban inner cities and rural areas especially in the south and southwest. Having $ is linked to health care and education. If people don’t have money then they eat poorly, they live poor lifestyles, they have less access to medical care and are fearless likely to continue their education. There are strong racial and ethnic dimensions. 13% of the entire population lives in poverty. 27% of minorities live in poverty. As this poverty level raises so do the amount of millionaires. 37 million people live below the poverty line. The wealthy and they poor seldom encounter each other. AS jobs moved out o the cities, so did the middle and upper classes wile the poor were forced to remain behind.
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Agriculture used to be dominant once upon a time. In 1790 agriculture employed 90% of
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This note was uploaded on 10/01/2010 for the course GEOG 1001 taught by Professor Baksi during the Spring '07 term at LSU.

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