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Texas Regions
Chapter 2
Texas History
Coach Fletcher
Organizing The Land
Geographers use the term
region to mean an area with
special features.
1. Plant Life
2. Landforms
3. Climate
4. Soil
5. Resources
Everyday Regions/Names
Today, many people
use simple everyday
names to describe
where they are
Such as:
1. The Panhandle
2. West Texas
3. Coastal Bend
Texas & The U.S.
The United States has 7 major
Texas has four of the 7 major
regions in the United States.
1. Gulf Coastal Plains
2. Central Plains
3. Great Plains
4. Rocky Mountains
Gulf Coastal Plains
Stretches from Florida to Mexico
along the Gulf of Mexico.
It is the largest region in Texas.
Goes inland about 300 miles.
There are five subregions of the
Gulf Coastal Plains.
Subregions of the Gulf Coastal Plains
Piney Woods
Gulf Coast Plains
South Texas Plains
Post Oak Belt
Blackland Prairie
The Central Plains(S2)
The north central part of Texas lies
within the Central Plains region.
It is a region of gently rolling
prairies, with forest growing in the
river valley.
There are three subregions:
1. Grand Prairie
2. Cross Timbers
3. Rolling Plains
Great Plains(S3)
As the Great Plains reach into Texas
it becomes very flat.
It is about 2,000 to 5,000 feet above
sea level.
The Great Plains consist of three
1. Edwards Plateau
2. Llano Basin
3. High Plains
The Rocky Mountains
The land in the farthest west of
Texas is filled with mountains,
canyons, and dry plateaus.
In Texas this region is called the
Mountain and Basins subregion.
The Big Bend and the Guadalupe
Mountain National Park is very
popular to visitors.
Texas Regions
A= Rocky Mountains
B= Great Plains
C= Central Plains
D= Costal Plains
Key Terms
1. Maquiladoras- factories in Mexico that
assemble parts made in the U.S.
2. Petrochemical- product made from
petroleum or natural gas
3. Butte- A flat topped hill, smaller than a
4. Erosion- The wearing away of the earth’s
surface by the movement of water, wind,
ice, and gravity
Key Terms
5. Basin- A Sunken area in a plateau
found between mountain ranges
6. Drought- Dry period in which less
than the normal precipitation falls
7. Alluvial soil- Soil that has been
deposited from river water