ⓘ Category:Geography of the United States

Geography of the United States

The term "United States", when used in the geographical sense, is the contiguous United States, the state of Alaska, the island state of Hawaii, the five insular territories of Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa, and minor outlying possessions. The United States shares land borders with Canada and Mexico and maritime borders with Russia, Cuba, United Kingdom, Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas in addition to Canada and Mexico. The northern border of the United States with Canada is the worlds longest bi-national land border.

Atlantic Plain

The Atlantic Plain is one of eight distinct United States physiographic regions. This major division consists of the Continental Shelf and Coastal Plain physiographic provinces. It is the flattest of the U.S. physiographic divisions and stretches over 2.200 miles in length from Cape Cod to the Mexican border and southward an additional 1.000 miles to the Yucatan Peninsula. The central and southern Atlantic Coast is characterized by barrier and drowned valley coasts. The coastal Atlantic plain features nearly continuous barriers interrupted by inlets, large embayments with drowned river val ...

Big Eight States

The Big Eight States is a collective term with several different definitions, most referring to states of the United States. Politically, it refers to the states in the United States with the most electoral votes. Prior to the 2010 census, these were: Current number of electoral votes in parentheses Ohio 18 Texas 38 Florida 29 Michigan 16 New York 29 California 55 Pennsylvania 20 Illinois 20 In 2010, due to reapportionment, Georgia now has the same number of votes as Michigan. Demographically, it encompasses the eight most populous states of the United States, as noted in various governmen ...

Borders of the United States

The United States shares international land borders with two nations: The Canada–United States border to the north of the Contiguous United States and to the east of Alaska The Mexico–United States border to the south. Russia – United States maritime boundary was defined by a disputed agreement covering the Bering Sea, Bering Strait, and Arctic Ocean. The International Date Line essentially acts as the de facto border between the two nations; the USA ratified the USSR-USA Maritime Boundary Agreement, but the USSR failed to ratify it before dissolving, and it was subsequently never ratified ...

California Land Act of 1851

The California Land Act of 1851, enacted following the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the admission of California as a state in 1850, established a three-member Public Land Commission to determine the validity of prior Spanish and Mexican land grants. It required landowners who claimed title under the Mexican government to file their claim with a commission within two years. Contrary to the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which guaranteed full protection of all property rights for Mexican citizens, it placed the burden on landholders to prove their title. While the commission eventually conf ...

Four Corners

The Four Corners is a region of the United States consisting of the southwestern corner of Colorado, southeastern corner of Utah, northeastern corner of Arizona, and northwestern corner of New Mexico. The Four Corners area is named after the quadripoint at the intersection of approximately 37° north latitude with 109° 03 west longitude, where the boundaries of the four states meet, and are marked by the Four Corners Monument. It is the only location in the United States where four states meet. Most of the Four Corners region belongs to semi-autonomous Native American nations, the largest o ...

Google Street View in the United States

The United States was the first country to have Google Street View images and was the only country with images for over a year following introduction of the service on May 25, 2007. Early on, most locations had a limited number of views, usually constrained to the city limits and only including major streets, and they only showed the buildings up to a certain height. Few suburbs or other nearby cities were included. After the first few sets of introductions, image collections from cities added were more detailed, often including every side street, especially in areas closer to the center o ...

How the States Got Their Shapes

How the States Got Their Shapes is a US television series that aired on the History Channel. It is hosted by Brian Unger and is based on Mark Steins book, How the States Got Their Shapes. The show deals with how the various states of the United States established their borders but also delves into other aspects of history, including failed states, proposed new states, and the local culture and character of various US states. It thus tackles the "shapes" of the states in a metaphorical sense as well as a literal sense. Each episode has a particular theme, such as how the landscape, language ...

Interior Plains

The Interior Plains are a vast physiographic region that spreads across the Laurentian craton of central North America, extending from the Gulf Coast region to the Arctic Ocean along the east flank of the Rocky Mountains. In Canada, it separates the Rocky Mountains from the Canadian Shield, while in the U.S., it includes the Great Plains of the west and the Tallgrass prairie region to the south of the Great Lakes extending east to the Appalachian Plateau region.

Mesa Verde region

The Mesa Verde Region is a portion of the Colorado Plateau in the United States that extends through parts of New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. It is bounded by the San Juan River to the south, the Piedra River to the east, the San Juan Mountains to the north and the Colorado River to the west. The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center near Cortez, Colorado, in the heart of the Mesa Verde, has been conducting research in the region since 1982. Although the Mesa Verde National Park contains the largest and best known ruins of the Pueblo peoples, there are many other community centers in the centra ...

Old Southwest

The "Old Southwest" is an informal name for the southwestern frontier territories of the United States from the American Revolutionary War through the early 19th century, at the point when the territorial lands were organized into states. The territory of the Old Southwest eventually formed the states of Missouri, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, and parts of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Florida panhandle.

Public domain (land)

Public domain land is land that cannot be sold because it legally belongs to the citizenry. Public domain land is managed by a public entity - such as a state, region, province or municipality - directly or by institutes or state companies. It is called dominio publico, dominio publico, domaine public or demanio pubblico.

List of river borders of U.S. states

Because of its unique history, many of the boundaries of the political divisions of the United States were artificially constructed. Therefore, many U.S. states have straight lines as boundaries, especially in the West. However, there are a number of states, particularly in the Midwest, North and South with at least partial river borders.

Section line road

In many jurisdictions in the US, roads were run along every section line, giving access to previously remote areas and serving in many instances as firebreaks. A road or arterial in which the centerline is laid out along a section line boundary is often referred to as a section line road or section line arterial. In Lubbock, Texas, Oklahoma City; Boise, Idaho; metropolitan areas of Arizona ; and much of the Las Vegas Valley, all major thoroughfares run along section lines, producing a readily identifiable grid. In some locales, section lines were designated as the basis for the street numb ...

Tennessee Valley Divide

The Tennessee Valley Divide is the boundary of the drainage basin of the Tennessee River and its tributaries. The Tennessee River drainage basin begins with its tributaries in southwestern Virginia and flows generally west to the confluence of the Tennessee with the Ohio River at Paducah, Kentucky. The Tennessee Valley Divide forms a loop surrounding the drainage basin, beginning and ending at the rivers mouth in Paducah. Following the Divide in a clockwise direction, it leads east and southeast through western Kentucky through the Land Between the Lakes, a narrow area between the Tennesse ...

The impact of geography on colonial America

Before the foundation of the United States in 1776, Kingdom of Great Britain owned Thirteen Colonies on the eastern shore of North America. The geography and climate of the area had a significant impact on the economy and survival of the colonies.

Time in the United States

Time in the United States, by law, is divided into nine standard time zones covering the states, territories and other US possessions, with most of the United States observing daylight saving time for approximately the spring, summer, and fall months. The time zone boundaries and DST observance are regulated by the Department of Transportation. Official and highly precise timekeeping services are provided by two federal agencies: the National Institute of Standards and Technology ; and the United States Naval Observatory. The clocks run by these services are kept synchronized with each oth ...

Vermont v. New Hampshire

Vermont v. New Hampshire, 289 U.S. 593, was a United States Supreme Court case holding that the boundary between Vermont and New Hampshire is neither the thread of the channel of the Connecticut River nor the top of the west bank of the river, but rather the west bank of the river at the mean low-water mark.

Yadkin–Pee Dee River Basin

The Yadkin–Pee Dee River Basin is a large river basin in the eastern United States, covering around 7.221 square miles, making it the second largest in the state of North Carolina. Its headwaters rise near Blowing Rock, North Carolina, and the basin drains to the Atlantic Ocean in Winyah Bay, east of Georgetown, South Carolina. The majority of the basin is within the Piedmont geographical area of the United States, but it also drains the coastal plains of North and South Carolina, and parts of the Appalachian Mountains, in North Carolina. It is part of the larger South Atlantic–Gulf Water ...


ⓘ Geography of the United States

  • The term United States when used in the geographical sense, is the contiguous United States the state of Alaska, the island state of Hawaii, the five
  • The United States Board on Geographic Names BGN is a federal body operating under the United States Secretary of the Interior. The purpose of the board
  • The geographic center of the contiguous United States is the center of 48 U.S. states It has been regarded as such by the U.S. National Geodetic Survey
  • The geographic center of the United States is a point approximately 20 mi 32 km north of Belle Fourche, South Dakota at 44 58 2.07622 N 103 46 17.60283 W
  • Islands of the United States Virgin Islands VInow: Virgin Islands Geography vinow.com. Retrieved 6 September 2013. VInow: Weather in the Virgin Islands
  • The contiguous United States or officially the conterminous United States consists of the 48 adjoining U.S. states plus the District of Columbia on the
  • The United States total territory includes a subset of political divisions. The United States territory includes any geography under the control of
  • The Northeastern United States also referred to as simply the Northeast, is a geographical region of the United States bordered to the north by Canada
  • a list of geographic centers of each U.S. state and each inhabited territory. Note that the geographic center of the 50 states is northeast of Belle Fourche
  • The East Coast of the United States also known as the Eastern Seaboard, the Atlantic Coast, and the Atlantic Seaboard, is the coastline along which the
  • The physiographic regions of the contiguous United States comprise 8 regions, 25 provinces, and 85 sections. The system dates to Nevin Fenneman s paper

International border states of the United States

The international border states are those states in the United States which border either Canada, Mexico, Cuba or Russia. There are eighteen: thirteen on the US-Canada border and four on the US-Mexico border and one has maritime borders with Cuba and The Bahamas. US States bordering Canada from East to West: US States bordering with Mexico East to West: The States bordering on Cuba and the Bahamas Us States bordering Russia Alaska water boundary. (Граница воды Аляска) Border Lengths:


List of U.S. states and territories by area

This is a complete list of the U.S. states, federal district, and its major territories ordered by total area, land area, and water area. The water area includes inland waters, coastal waters, the Great Lakes, and territorial waters. Glaciers and intermittent bodies of water are counted as land area.