The list below includes a variety of perspectives of the Great Plains. As you study each description follow the example given in your Place Portrait worksheet and take notes about the mental images formed by the details of each source . When you are done pull your notes together and write your own brief word portrait of the Great Plains.
The map at right provides a more traditional look at the physical geography of the Great Plains. Layers include:
Average US Rainfall (in/yr)
Mean July Temperature
USA Soil Survey
Length of the Growing Period (days)
Landsat shaded Basemap
|• Navigate your map
• Change the basemap
• Zoom in/out
• Display data in a table
• Open a feature's pop-up window
• Use a bookmark
• Change feature styles
• Filter data
• Measure distance/area
• Share your map
Choosing a basemap
Viewing web maps-Navigate
Explore the layers in the map. Click on the map for pop-up information. You may want to zoom in for finer detail. And you can change the basemap at any time (The image basemap will be particularly helpful.)
Use these resources and pull together information about the physical geography of the Great Plains that you can attach to your Worksheet. Include information about the physical geography of the region, its landforms, and climate.
Write a brief description of the Great Plains for a friend in which you compare and contrast the image formed in your mind by each type of data - the written and picture descriptions on one hand and the more traditional geographic data on the other.
image from Olson Bros., "Bird's eye view of Antelope, Mont. and surrounding country, 1915, Library of Congress.