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The Great Plains usually experiences hot, dry weather during the summer  and cold, snowy weather in the winter.

The Great Plains consists of the areas east of the Rocky Mountains and west of the Mississippi River in the United States and Canada.

More people would choose to live in the grassy plains rather than in areas where temperatures are extremely hot or cold. 

On a contour map, the closer together the contour lines, the steeper the incline.

Mountains are usually snowcapped because there is less moisture at higher altitudes.
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​the study of natural and man-made features on a chart or map



​topography



​a rise in land above sea level






​elevation

​a map that shows land configuration with contour lines, shading, and colors





​relief map


​low area of land between hills and mountains where rivers and streams are usually found





valley​

​a satellite system that tracks position, navigation, and timing




​Global Positioning System (GPS)

​large region of flat treeless land







​plain



the solid rocky crust of the earth​





lithosphere



​all of the bodies of water on the earth's surface





hydrosphere


wide elevated areas of land with flat surfaces​




plateus


rocky areas of land that are higher and steeper than hills​




mountains


elevations of land that are not as high as mountains and have rounded tops​





hills


the level of the sea used as a baseline for determining the height of elevation​


sea level
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