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Print Geographical Landforms
By Trista L. Pollard
1 The view of Earth from space must be very interesting. Imagine seeing the different colors, shapes, and structures on our planet. Well, thanks to nature, Earth has variety! It has geographical landforms.
2 Landforms are physical features on Earth that are made by nature. These features are seen on maps and on globes. Landforms can be classified or put into two categories ï¿½ land and water. We will start with water.
3 You know that oceans are large bodies of saltwater. Well, seas also contain saltwater. However, they are smaller than oceans and are at least partially surrounded by land. Seas are usually located where the land and ocean meet. For example, the Caribbean Sea meets the land of Central America and South America. The islands of the West Indies are also in the Caribbean Sea. The Caribbean Sea empties into or joins the Atlantic Ocean. Gulfs are a part of an ocean or sea extending into the land. Find the Gulf of Mexico on a map near the southern coast of the United States. The states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida border the Gulf of Mexico. Do you see how the gulf extends inward from Texas and Florida? Rivers, lakes, and streams, as you know, empty into seas, gulfs, and oceans. Lakes are bodies of water that are surrounded by land. There are many lakes in the United States. Can you name the five Great Lakes that are on the northern border of the U.S.?
4 Coasts are the land that is near a sea or ocean. Two of the coasts in the U.S. are the Pacific Coast and the Atlantic Coast. The Pacific Ocean borders the U.S. in the west, and the Atlantic Ocean is its eastern border. Deltas are also found near coastlines. Deltas are areas of mud and sand that form at river mouths. This is where the mud and sand settle at the end of a river. The speed of the river slows down as it meets the larger body of water. Then the mud and sand it has been carrying is deposited there. One famous delta is found at the mouth of the Mississippi River in the southern U.S.
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