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Map Assignment - Physiographic Provinces and Regions
Your instructor has often noted that he gets "blank stares" when he mentions the name of may places around the country and the world. This geographic knowledge is essential to understanding geology (and obviously much more)! This excercise is to encourage students to learn more about physiographic regions of the United States and the World. Add the names of features to each of the maps. Start by naming the features you know, the use your library and Internet skills to look up the ones you don't know. If you're good, it should take less than an hour to complete!
Click on small map images for larger view or for printing.
Map 1 - States, Cities, Rivers, Lake of the United States

Map showing states, cities, rivers, lakes
1) On the map, add 50 “state abbreviations”

2) Label these cities:

Albuquerque
Baltimore
Boston
Chicago
Cincinnati
Cleveland
Dallas
Denver
El Paso
Houston
Jackson Hole
Las Vegas
Los Angeles
Memphis
Miami
New Orleans
New York
Orlando
Philadelphia
Phoenix
Portland
Rapid City
Salt Lake City
San Diego
San Francisco
Savannah
Seattle

3) Label the 5 Great Lakes and these rivers

Mississippi
Missouri
Ohio
Hudson
Columbia
Rio Grande
Colorado
Sacramento

Map 2 - Physiographic Provinces of the United States Map

Start by studying this shaded relief map of the lower 48 states.

Shaded Relief Map of the United States

Physiographic Provinces of the lower 48 United States


Physiographic regions of the United States

1) Label the following geomorphic regions:
Adirondack
Appalachian Plateaus
Blue Ridge Mountains
Canadian Shield
Cascades
Central Lowlands
Coast Ranges
Coastal Plain
Colorado Plateau
Columbia Plateau
Great Basin
Great Plains
Interior Low Plateaus
Ouachita Mountains
Ozark Plateau
Pacific Northwest
Piedmont
Rocky Mountains (northern)
Rocky Mountains (central)
Rocky Mountains (southern)
Sierra Nevada
St. Lawrence Valley
Valley and Ridge Province



Map 3 - California Physiographic Provinces and National Parks

Physiographic Provinces and National Parks in California

Label the following features:

1) Physiographic Provinces

Coast Ranges
Great Valley
Sierra Nevada
Modoc Plateau
Basin and Range
Mojave Desert
Colorado Desert
Peninsular Ranges
Transverse Ranges
Cascade Range
Klamath Mountains

2) National Parks

Yosemite NP
Channel Islands NP
Death Valley NP
Joshua Tree NP
Lassen NP
Redwoods NP
Sequoia-Kings Canyon NP
Lava Beds NM
Pinnacles NM
Devils Postpile NM
Carrizo Plain NM
Shasta-Trinity NRA
Point Reyes Nat. Seashore
Golden Gate NRA
Santa Monica Mountains NRA
Mojave National Preserve

(Check out http://3Dparks.wr.usgs.gov)
to see views of parks.

Map 4 - World Features Map

World Features Map

1) Label the 7 continents

2) Label these mountain ranges

Alps
Andes
Atlas
Appalachian
Cordilleran
Himalayas
Urals

3) Label the following selected features

Drakes Passage
Isthmus of Panama
Mediterranean Sea
Caribbean Sea
Red Sea
Persian Gulf
Arabian Gulf
North Sea
Black Sea
Atlantic Ocean
Pacific Ocean
Arctic Ocean
Greenland
British Isles
Great Rift Valley
Japan
Philippines
New Zealand
Indonesia
Hudson Bay
Bering Straight
Arabian Peninsula
India
China
Sahara Desert
Great Barrier Reef
Tibetan Plateau

Assignment due Feb. 10th - Here is a printable .pdf of this page.
http://geologycafe.com/class/assignments/maps.html
8/28/2012