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Many rivers form the boundaries between states, so this is an easy way to position the rivers. Also notice how the names of rivers—the Ohio, the Mississippi, the Arkansas, the Colorado and the Missouri are also the names of states, but not always the state you would expect. Just be glad we don’t have states named “Red” or “Platte.”

Alaska Range

Appalachian Mountains

Arkansas River

Brooks Range

Cascade Range

Colorado River

Columbia River

Death Valley


Great Salt Lake

Lake Erie

Lake Huron

Lake Michigan

Lake Ontario

Lake Superior

Mauna Loa

Mississippi River

Missouri River

Mojave Desert

Mount St. Helens

Ohio River

Olympic Mountains

Ozark Mountains

Platte River

Red River

Rio Grande

Rocky Mountains

Salton Sea

Sierra Nevada Mountains

Yellowstone National Park

Yukon River

The Brooks Range is in Alaska, running across the Northern part of the state. Like the Alaska range, it is part of a system of mountain ranges that extend from Central America to Alaska and Canada.   Back

The Yukon River flows from western Canada toward the Bering Sea, emptying on the western side of the state, about halfway between the Northern and Southern coasts.   Back

The Alaska Range curves across the Southern coast of the main part of Alaska. It is part of a system of mountain ranges that extend from Central America north to Alaska and Canada.   Back

The Appalachian Mountains are more than 1300 miles long, running from Maine down into Georgia. Most of the ridges run from northeast to southwest. The highest peak in the Appalachians, Mount Mitchell, is 6684 feet—not very high for the highest point in a mountain range. Because the Appalachians are old mountains, their peaks are lower and much less jagged than the peaks of the Rocky mountains.   Back

The Rocky Mountains are high, jagged mountains which stretch from Mexico and up into Canada. They are part of the system of mountains which continues from Central America up through Canada and Alaska. The Rocky Mountains and the high plains to the East of them constitute most of the landscape of the American West. The highest part of the Rockies is in Colorado, Utah and New Mexico, where there are more than fifty peaks over 14,000 feet. The South Pass, in Wyoming, is the route where the first transcontinental railroad went through the Rocky Mountains. Although the pass is still high at 7000 feet, it rises gradually enough to allow a train to go over easily. The early pioneers travelling by wagon train used the same pass to get through the Rocky Mountains on the Oregon Trail.   Back

The Red River is the most southerly of the large rivers forming the Mississippi-Missouri river system. It runs from north Texas to meet the Mississippi in Louisiana, forming the border between Oklahoma and Texas in its middle third.   Back

The Platte River flows from eastern Wyoming, through Nebraska, to join the Missouri River between Nebraska and Iowa.   Back

The Cascade Range is in Washington and Oregon, about a third of the way in from the coast.   Back

Mount St. Helens is in southern Washington, just west of the Cascade Range. It is a volcanic mountain which erupted violently in 1980.   Back

The Columbia River crosses the Cascade Mountains from eastern Washington to the Pacific.   Back

The Great Salt Lake is salty, like the ocean, not fresh water, like most lakes, because it does not drain to the sea. It is in the Northern part of Utah, north of the Colorado-Wyoming line.   Back

Lake Michigan is the only one of the Great Lakes entirely within the United States.   Back

Lake Erie, like all the Great Lakes, is fresh water. It forms part of the northern borders of Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio.   Back

Lake Ontario is the most easterly of the Great Lakes. It forms part of the Northern border of New York.   Back

Lake Huron is between the southern part of Michigan and Canada. Like all of the Great Lakes except Lake Michigan, it is partly in the USA and partly in Canada.   Back

Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes, is between Canada and the states of Michigan and Minnesota.   Back

The Mississippi River, the largest river in North America, flows from Minnesota to Louisiana, where it empties into the Gulf of Mexico. It forms the borders of Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. Because it has no rapids, it has been a major transportation route for thousands of years.   Back

The Ohio River flows from Pennsylvania to join the Mississippi where Kentucky, Illinois and Missouri meet.   Back

The Olympic Mountains are in the Olympic Peninsula, in the extreme northwestern part of Washington.   Back

The Ozark Mountains are in Arkansas and Missouri.   Back

The Salton Sea is really a salty lake, in the Imperial Valley of southern California. It was created between 1905 and 1907 by the failure of an irrigation canal. Its level varies from year to year, depending on rainfall and the amount of irrigation water that it receives.   Back

The Sierra Nevada mountains are on the border between California and Nevada.   Back

The Everglades are a system of swamps in the extreme south of Florida. They are home to a wide variety of wildlife, including alligators.   Back

The Rio Grande (Big River, in Spanish) flows south from Colorado, through New Mexico, and forms the border between Texas and Mexico.   Back

The Colorado River runs from Colorado, through the corner of Utah, into Arizona and then into Mexico. It then empties into the Gulf of California.   Back

The Mojave Desert is in California, inland south of Death Valley, and south of the Sierra Nevada mountains.   Back

Death Valley is the lowest spot in the US.   Back

Mauna Loa is the volcano on the island of Hawaii, the biggest of the islands, all of which were formed by volcanic action. Volcanoes continue to add area to the island of Hawaii.   Back

The Missouri River is the longest of the tributaries of the Mississippi. It flows from Montana, through North Dakota, picks up the Platte River, and flows into the Mississippi on the border between Missouri and Illinois.   Back

The Arkansas River flows from Colorado, through Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas into the Mississippi.   Back

Yellowstone National Park is in the northwest corner of Wyoming. “Old Faithful," the best-known geyser in the park, spouts water and steam because of the heat from latent volcanic activity.   Back

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