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Map of North America

North America is the third-largest continent, occupying a land area of more than 9 million square miles. Only Asia and Africa are larger. North America's terrain includes two major mountain systems--the Rockies in the West and the Appalachians in the East. It contains the Mississippi River; the Great Plains; the five Great Lakes; Canada's huge Hudson Bay; and plains, deserts, massive plateaus, and tropical rain forests. The continent includes the world's largest island, the seven countries that together make up Central America, and small island countries in the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. North America's lowest point is California's Death Valley (282 ft below sea level); its highest point is Alaska's Mount McKinley (20,320 ft). The population of North America is about 515 million.

For #1-5, locate and identify the countries of North America that match the descriptions.

1. The continent's southernmost country, home of a major canal that enables ships to travel between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans without sailing thousands of miles around South America: --*

2. Two countries, important trading partners that share four of the Great Lakes: --*

3. The five countries on the 90[degrees]W meridian of longitude: --*

4. The seven small countries of Central America: --*

5. Four island countries wholly or partly within these boundaries of latitude and longitude: 10 [degrees] to 20[degrees]N and 70[degrees] to 80[degrees]W: --*

For #6-9, locate and identify the geographical features of North America that match these descriptions.

6. The body of water at 57[degrees]N, 55[degrees]W: --*

7. The major mountain chains in the eastern and western regions of the U.S.: --*

8. The two major rivers of northern Canada: --*

9. The ocean that borders North America to the north: --*

For #10-11, calculate the distance (to the nearest 100 miles) between each pair of cities.

10. Seattle, Washington, and Yellowknife, Canada: -- 11. Mexico City and Washington, D.C.: --

For #12-15, imagine that you are taking a cruise that begins at Halifax, Canada, and ends at Panama City, Panama. Name the cities at these coordinates, which you visit alone the way:

12. 42[degrees]N, 71[degrees]W: -- 14. 25[degrees]N, 77[degrees]W: --

13. 33[degrees]N, 80[degrees]W: -- 15. 19[degrees]N, 70[degrees]W: --

For #16-17, identify each capital and its country.

16. 45[degrees]N, 76[degrees]W: -- 17. 19[degrees]N, 99[degrees]W: --

For #18-20, use the "Who's Who Among World Leaders" and "Economic Map of the World" to identify the countries.

18. The two wealthiest countries of North America: --

19. This Communist country, located 90 miles south of Florida, is ruled by Fidel Castro: --*

20. This country is a major trading partner of the U.S.; its President is Vicente Fox: --*

Where you see an asterisk (*), write the name of the country and/or geographical feature on the outline map.

Answers

Map of North America

1. Panama

2. Canada, United States

3. Canada, U.S., Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador

4. Belize, Guatemala, E1 Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama

5. Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica

6. Labrador Sea

7. Appalachian Mountains, Rocky Mountains

8. Yukon River, Mackenzie River

9. Arctic Ocean

10. 1,200 miles

11. 2,000 miles

12. Boston, Massachusetts

13. Charleston, South Carolina

14. Nassau, Bahamas

15. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

16. Ottawa, Canada

17. Mexico City, Mexico

18. U.S. and Canada

19. Cuba

20. Mexico

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Title Annotation:World Atlas: 2005-2006 SKILLS MANUAL
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