|North America has four main natural regions:
Lawrence River and the
Lakes form one of the main entry routes
to the continent. People and ships coming across the Atlantic Ocean from
Europe can use this route to reach the interior of the continent.The entry
route passes between the Canadian Shield to the north and the Appalachians
to the south. Other entry routes to the continent include the Hudson River
and Hudson's Bay.
The Canadian Shield
contains a vast area of hard rocks, thousands of lakes, and many rivers.
In the south it is covered by dense forest.The Europeans found it hard
to cross the Shield.
The Appalachians form
a chain of old worn-down mountains on the east side of the continent.They
are not high, but dense forest and rugged terrain made them difficult to
The Western Mountains are
a broad system of high mountain ranges and plateaus along the western side
of the continent.
The Lowlands are found
in the central parts of the continent and along the southeast coast.This
region is mostly plain. Much of it is good farmland - the type of land
that settlers wanted.
Do the following questions on Topic 3: Geographic