Mexico Physical Geography

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Mexico Physical Geography

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  1. The Americas

    Slide 1 - The Americas

    • Canada and Mexico
    • South America
    • Central America
    • Physical Geography
    • Big Idea: How can you use the 5 themes of geography to learn about The Americas?
    • History, Culture Religion
    • Economy and Current Events
    • Physical Geography
    • History, Culture Religion
    • Economy and Current Events
    • Physical Geography
    • History, Culture Religion
    • Economy and Current Events
  2. Essential Question(s): What is the location, place, and physical geography of Mexico?

    Slide 2 - Essential Question(s): What is the location, place, and physical geography of Mexico?

    • By the end of the lesson, you should be able to describe the physical geography and location of Mexico.
    • State Standards:
    • 7.1 Basic Geographic Literacy
    • 7.2 The Physical Characteristics of Places and Regions
    • Lesson Objectives
  3. Seismic Activity:  tremors of the earth

    Slide 3 - Seismic Activity: tremors of the earth

    • Tectonic Plate: landform as a result of movement in the earth’s crust
    • The seismic activity in Mexico is caused by the movement of the tectonic plates.
    • Vocabulary
  4. Mexico is bordered by 4 U.S. states to the north.

    Slide 4 - Mexico is bordered by 4 U.S. states to the north.

    • California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas
    • Size: approximately 756,000 sq. mi.
    • Population: 107,000,000 people
    • Spanish is not the only language spoken
    • The majority of people speak Spanish, but there are groups of people that still speak the indigenous languages.
    • Mexico can be considered part of North America or Latin America.
    • Mexico Quick Facts
  5. Mexico is divided into regions based on physical features:

    Slide 5 - Mexico is divided into regions based on physical features:

    • Central plateau
    • Pacific Lowlands
    • Gulf Coast
    • Yucatan Peninsula
    • Baja California Peninsula
    • Southern Highlands
    • Physical Features
    • To the map!
  6. Slide 6

    • Canadian Shield
  7. Mexico’s climate varies by region.

    Slide 7 - Mexico’s climate varies by region.

    • The country is closer to the equator than other North American countries.
    • Natural hazards:
    • Mexico is located on 3 tectonic plates; there is a high degree of seismic activity
    • The Pacific Ocean threatens the coast with tsunamis
    • Volcanoes are located in the central and southern regions of the country
    • Hurricanes from the Gulf of Mexico frequently threaten the country
    • Climate
  8. Tectonic Plates

    Slide 8 - Tectonic Plates

  9. Rainfall/Temperature Graph

    Slide 9 - Rainfall/Temperature Graph

    • Refer to the key and the labels
  10. Where do you think the agriculture fields are located in Mexico?

    Slide 10 - Where do you think the agriculture fields are located in Mexico?

    • Rainfall
  11. Political Map

    Slide 11 - Political Map

    • Mexico is divided into 31 states and 3 territories.
    • The capital of Mexico is Mexico City
  12. Mexico Population Density

    Slide 12 - Mexico Population Density

    • Highest density
    • Mexico City
    • Lowest density
    • Northern desert
  13. Quick Check

    Slide 13 - Quick Check

    • The term seismic activity refers to
    • Landforms
    • Earth’s movement
    • Tsunamis
  14. Quick Check

    Slide 14 - Quick Check

    • The term seismic activity refers to
    • Landforms
    • Earth’s movement
    • Tsunamis
  15. Quick Check

    Slide 15 - Quick Check

    • What is the most populated place in Mexico?
    • Mexico City
    • Yukatan Peninsula
    • Baja California
  16. Quick Check

    Slide 16 - Quick Check

    • What is the most populated place in Mexico?
    • Mexico City
    • Yukatan Peninsula
    • Baja California
  17. Essential Question(s): What is the location, place, and physical geography of Mexico?

    Slide 17 - Essential Question(s): What is the location, place, and physical geography of Mexico?

    • By the end of the lesson, you should be able to describe the physical geography and location of Mexico.
    • State Standards:
    • 7.1 Basic Geographic Literacy
    • 7.2 The Physical Characteristics of Places and Regions
    • Review Objectives
  18. The Americas

    Slide 18 - The Americas

    • Canada and Mexico
    • South America
    • Central America
    • Physical Geography
    • Big Idea: How can you use the 5 themes of geography to learn about The Americas?
    • History, Culture Religion
    • Economy and Current Events
    • Physical Geography
    • History, Culture Religion
    • Economy and Current Events
    • Physical Geography
    • History, Culture Religion
    • Economy and Current Events