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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

PHYSICAL FEATURES AND RESOURCES

Where is the center of the contiguous United States?

The geographic center of the lower 48 states is located at 39°50' North, 98°35' West, approximately four miles (6.5 kilometers) northwest of Lebanon, Kansas.

What is the highest point in the United States?

Alaska's Mt. McKinley (also known as Denali) is the highest point in the United States at 20,320 feet (6,194 meters). In the contiguous 48 states, the highest point is California's Mt. Whitney at 14,495 feet (4,418 meters), which is less than 100 miles (161 kilometers) from North America's lowest point, Death Valley (282 feet [86 meters] below sea level).

What is the highest point east of the Mississippi?

North Carolina's Mt. Mitchell is the tallest point east of the Mississippi River at 6,684 feet (2,037 meters).

What is the highest lake in North America?

Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park is the highest lake in North America, at 7,735 feet (2,358 meters) above sea level.

What is the deepest lake in the United States?

Crater Lake in Oregon, lying within the collapsed crater of an ancient volcano, is the nation's deepest lake at 1,932 feet (589 meters). Crater Lake has no feeder streams—it is filled solely by precipitation.

The biologically rich Everglades marshes in Florida cover over 2,000 square miles (5,180 square kilometers) of land, but this is only about 20 percent of this endangered ecosystem's original area.

The biologically rich Everglades marshes in Florida cover over 2,000 square miles (5,180 square kilometers) of land, but this is only about 20 percent of this endangered ecosystem's original area.

What is the largest island in the United States?

The Island of Hawaii is the largest island in the United States at 4,021 square miles (10,414 square kilometers). Puerto Rico is the second largest at 3,435 square miles (8,897 square kilometers).

Where is the world's largest marsh?

The Everglades in Florida is the world's largest marsh, consisting of 2,185 square miles (5,659 square kilometers). The water across this southern Florida marsh averages six inches (15 centimeters) in depth. The Everglades is an endangered ecosystem, threatened by excess drainage and the introduction of exotic plants.

Where is the world's largest mountain?

Hawaii's Mauna Kea is the world's largest mountain. It begins on the sea floor and rises 33,480 feet (10,205 meters). Mt. Everest only rises 29,000 feet (8,839 meters). Mauna Kea's peak reaches 13,796 feet (4,205 meters) above sea level.

How many Great Lakes are there?

There are five Great Lakes: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior. The acronym "HOMES" can help you to remember the names of the five Great Lakes. All of the lakes except Michigan lie on the U.S.-Canada border.

Where do the Great Lakes rank in terms of size?

Lake Superior is 31,700 square miles (82,103 square kilometers) and is the world's largest freshwater lake; Lake Huron is 23,000 square miles (59,570 square kilometers) and the third largest freshwater lake; Lake Michigan is 22,300 square miles (57,757 square kilometers) and the fourth largest freshwater lake; Lake Erie is 9,900 square miles (25,641 square kilometers), the world's tenth largest freshwater lake; and Lake Ontario, 7,300 square miles (18,907 square kilometers) is the twelfth largest freshwater lake.

What is the largest freshwater lake in the world?

Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world. It is 31,700 square miles (82,103 square kilometers) in area and is approximately 350 miles (563 kilometers) long.

What is the world's shortest river?

The world's shortest river is Oregon's D River, which is a mere 120 feet long (36.6 meters) . It connects Devil's Lake to the Pacific Ocean near Lincoln City, Oregon.

Why is Coney Island called an island even though it's not?

Though now a peninsula of Long Island, Coney Island was actually an island at one time. The popular amusement park of the early twentieth century is now attached to Long Island due to the silting up of Coney Island Creek, which once separated the two islands.

 
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