Did you know the United States has 5 Great Lakes? Lake Huron, Lake Ontario, Lake Michigan, Lake Erie and Lake Superior (H.O.M.E.S.). Lake Superior is the largest lake in the U.S. and is also the world's largest freshwater lake by surface area. In fact, Lake Superior contains more water than Lake Huron, Lake Ontario, Lake Michigan and the equivalent of 3 Lake Eries – combined!
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Canada & Mexico
Mainland United States (contiguous, continental, lower 48) is located in North America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Pacific Ocean as well as Canada in the North and Mexico in the south.
The United States' 50 administrative divisions are called states and they span 2,680 miles (4,313.04 kilometers) horizontally and 1,582 miles (2,545.98 kilometers) vertically.
Mostly temperate, but varies from tropical temperatures in Hawaii and Florida, arctic in Arctic Alaska, semi-arid in the Great Plains, located west of the Mississippi River and arid in the Great Basin.
- Tsunamis, volcanoes and earthquakes around the Pacific Basin. Hurricanes along the Atlantic Coast and Gulf Coast.
- Tornadoes in the American Midwest and American South
- Mudslides in California.
- Wildfires in the American West.
- Flooding and permafrost in Arctic Alaska.
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4 U.S. Regions
The U.S. Census Bureau divides the United States (about half the size of Russia) into 4 main regions and 9 sub-regions called divisions.
Division 1: New England
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
Division 2: Mid-Atlantic
Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania
Division 3: East North Central
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin
Division 4: West North Central
Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
Division 5: South Atlantic
Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, District of Columbia, West Virginia
Division 6: East South Central
Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee
Division 7: West South Central Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas
Division 8: Mountain
Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Division 9: Pacific
Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington