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09-NAmerica-1(GEOG142) - North America (CHAPTER 3: 134-183)...

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North America (CHAPTER 3: 134-183)
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Major Geographic Qualities The world’s 2 nd rd largest states Federal democracies-U.S. 3 branches parliament & Canada’s British parliamentary system Canada-10 provinces and 3 territories U.S.-50 states and numerous island territories Canada’s bilingual society Major divisions along racial lines (economic) Quebec’s-French separatist movement N.A.-highly mobile and urban population High income, high consumption with many natural resources except petroleum World class manufacturing capacity-rapidly maturing and evolving Mobile populations-world class and congested air, road and telecommunications
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DEFINING CHARACTERISTICS ANGLO-AMERICAN LABEL ENGLISH LANGUAGE CHRISTIAN FAITHS EUROPEAN NORMS GOVERNMENT, ARCHITECTURE, DIET, ARTS HIGHLY URBANIZED MOBILE POPULATIONS HIGH INCOMES MANUFACTURING OUTPUT FEDERAL STATES WITH PLURAL SOCIETIES
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Climate Pacific coast-rain shadow effect/hydrologic cycle Dry mountain and great plains San Diego-Mediterranean Convergence of humid tropical gulf and arctic air masses in the east-moist Predominantly westerly winds 20 inch rainfall line between east and west This all effects farming
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Hydrography-Surface Water Two major drainage systems Mississippi/Missouri River system Both are navigable Fall line cities in the east Western drainage-not navigable Columbia Colorado Major hydroelectric producers
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PHYSIOGRAPHIC   REGIONS
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U.S.-East and West coasts and NE Canada-within 200 miles of the southern/U.S. border U.S. population-285.4 million 2002 est. Canada’s population-31 million Canadians-81% speak English & 31% French/17% both Francophones-concentrated in Quebec U.S. 75% European descent & 12% African descent Considerable racial segregation in U.S. residentially
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This note was uploaded on 08/29/2011 for the course GEOG 142 taught by Professor Unknown during the Spring '11 term at Mott Community College.

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09-NAmerica-1(GEOG142) - North America (CHAPTER 3: 134-183)...

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