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1 GEOGRAPHY OF THE UNITED STATES & CANADA By Brett Lucas

2 MEGALOPOLIS

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4 Setting the Boundaries What states and provinces are part of the region? Primarily the east coast between Norfolk, VA and Boston, MA, following along I-95. Developed along a northeast-southwest axis approximately paralleling the Mid-Atlantic and southern New England coasts. What regions does it border? Atlantic Northeast, Appalachians, Inland South, Southeastern Coast

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6 Overview Around 1/120th of North America s land Around 1/6th of North America s population 1/5th of the US personal income New Jersey: first 100% urban state One of the most expensive regions Liberal politically

7 Physical Geography

8 Physical Setting Coastal Plain Fall line / Piedmont Glacial features Navigable rivers and river valleys Urbanized area Only around 20-25%

9 Coastal Plain Flat Marshy in places Barrier islands

10 Pine Barrens 22% of New Jersey Largest open area in Megalopolis Overlays huge aquifer

11 Piedmont/Fall line Fall line Where Piedmont meets coastal plain Much settlement along Fall line

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13 Past Glaciations Moraines Nearly all of Long Island Connecticut and Rhode Island shoreline

14 River Valleys Many deep river valleys Connecticut Hudson Delaware Susquehanna (Chesapeake) Potomac Delaware River

15 Climate Cool wet winters Most are is protected from most extreme cold by Appalachians Humid, warm to hot summers Prone to significant coastal storms Significant urban influence in places

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17 Climograph Hartford, CT

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19 Climograph Providence, RI

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21 Climograph Boston, MA

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23 Climograph New York, NY

24 Climograph Albany, NY

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26 Climograph Atlantic City, NJ

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28 Climograph Wilmington, DE

29 Climograph Philadelphia, PA

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31 Climograph Baltimore, MD

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33 Climograph Richmond, VA

34 Climate Comparison Spokane WA Albany NY New York City Norfolk Jan Temp (F) 33 / / / / 34 Jul Temp (F) 82 / / / / 73 Rainfall 16.5 in. 39 in. 45 in. 46 in. Snowfall 49 in. 63 in. 22 in. 9 in. VA

35 Flora/Fauna Originally, mostly deciduous woodland Most cleared away Forested area increasing as farms abandoned

36 Population & Settlement

37 Early Settlement New Netherlands New Sweden Numerous British settlements, beginning with Jamestown First area of the new continent to urbanize

38 Relocation Diffusion

39 New England - Saltbox

40 New England - Georgian Colonial

41 New England Hall & Parlor

42 Presently 90% urban One of the most ethnically varied regions on the continent Some urban areas thriving more than others

43 Population Numbers State/Province 2000 (1,000 s) 1990 (1,000 s) Change New Hampshire 1,236 1, % Massachusetts 6,349 6,016 +6% Connecticut 3,406 3,287 +4% Rhode Island 1,048 1,003 +5% New York 18,976 17,990 +6% New Jersey 8,414 7,730 +9% Pennsylvania 12,281 11,882 +3% Maryland 5,296 4,781 +5% Delaware % Virginia 7,079 6, % US & Canada 312, , %

44 Population Density - CT

45 Population Density - RI

46 Population Density - MA

47 Population Density - NY

48 Population Ethnicity - NY

49 Population Density - NJ

50 Population Density - DE

51 Population Density - MD

52 Population Density - VA

53 Human & Economic Geography

54 The Urban Scene Metro areas over 1 million people Boston Providence Hartford New York City Philadelphia Baltimore Washington D.C. Norfolk

55 Boston Founded in 1630 Well-protected bay Significant space problems Much of the city built on drained swamps Big Dig High-tech industrial area Especially on Beltways Trade services Major university town

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60 Providence Largest city in Rhode Island Providence was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, a religious exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony Providence was one of the first cities to industrialize, and became noted for its jewelry and silverware industry.

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63 The Connecticut Valley No preeminent city Springfield, Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport Many foci Almost 3 million people Large manufacturing base Machinery Airports engines Insurance and real estate industry in Hartford

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68 New York City Largest metropolitan area in US (21 million) Extremely dense core (70,000 persons / sq. mi. in Manhattan) Leader in International commerce Transportation Financial markets Business services Garment manufacturing Corporate headquarters (40% of large companies)

69 New York City & Environs Boroughs Manhattan (1.5M) During Day (3 M) Bronx (1.5 M) Queens (2 M) Brooklyn (2.5 M) Staten Is. (400 k) Outer areas Westchester Co. (1.M) Nassau Co. (1.4 M) New Jersey (3+ M)

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72 New York City Initial advantages Good deep ice free harbor Easily accessible 19th century Hudson River, Mohawk River, Erie Canal Ellis Island 1898: Consolidation Shifting demographics

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74 Multiple Jurisdictions Plagues many East Coast states when urban areas spread across state lines New York particularity vulnerable Until 1898, New York Harbor belonged partially to New York City, Brooklyn, and New Jersey Control of Liberty Island still uncertain

75 Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANY/NJ) Port Authority of NY/NJ founded in 1921 after a federal order Board appointed half by NY governor and half by NJ governor Aim is to manage infrastructures of transportation in both states Owners of the World Trade Center site Raise funds only through revenue (cannot tax)

76 Philadelphia Founded in 1862 Largest city much of the 18th century Lost prominence due to difficulty of westward transit until rails in 1800 s Major industrial center along the Delaware River Significant urban decay problem

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79 Wilmington Largest City in Delaware First colonized by settlers from Sweden in 1638 Located near the confluence of the Christina River Delaware River Located in the Philadelphia media market

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82 The Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Saved considerable time from circling Chesapeake Delaware City planned to be the Philadelphia of. Del. Traffic plummeted once the railroads were completed

83 Baltimore Late colonial city (1728) Major agricultural, later industrial hub, good rail access to the interior Significant urban decline One of the first to renovate downtown with Inner Harbor development in 1980 s

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86 Washington D.C. First planned city Drained swamp Significant flight from downtown to suburbs Northern Virginia one of the most rapidly growing areas in the country Federal govt., U of Md.

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90 Rural Life Important agricultural areas (close to large market) Dairy Poultry (Sussex Co. Del, #1) Pennsylvania Dutch (Amish) Crabs Retreat for urbanites Jersey Shore, Cape Cod, Ocean City, Rehoboth Beach, Long Island, Martha s Vineyard Pocono, Catskill s, Berkshire Mountains

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92 Outlook Variable in different cities Nerve center of both commerce (New York) and government (Washington DC) Growing culturally Major destination area for newer immigrants Aging city infrastructures

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