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Landforms and Landscapes

Use these national standards based resources to build lesson plans and activities about landforms and landscapes.

Search through these resources to discover more about unique landforms and landscapes around the world. Landforms are natural and distinctive features. Explore how they show up in various landscapes.

These resources can be used to teach middle schoolers more about the natural world, its' distinctive features, and landscapes.

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Europe: Physical Geography

Encyclopedic entry. Europe is the western peninsula of the giant "supercontinent" of Eurasia.

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coastal plain

A coastal plain is a flat, low-lying piece of land next to the ocean


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glacier

A glacier is a huge mass of ice that moves slowly over land


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delta

Deltas form as rivers empty their water and sediment into another body of water, such as an ocean, lake, or another...


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urban area

An urban area is the region surrounding a city

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A Desert Created by Water

Large animals like elephants, lions, and giraffes live in Namibia's deserts. How do these animals survive there? Th...



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isthmus

An isthmus is a narrow strip of land that connects two larger landmasses and separates two bodies of water

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First Hot Air Balloon Takes Flight

On November 21, 1783, Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent d'Arlandes took the ...


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Glacier National Park Created

On May 11, 1910, the U.S. Congress passed an act that established Glacier National Park, Montana, as the tenth nati...


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continent

A continent is one of Earth’s seven main divisions of land. The continents are, from largest to smallest: Asi...


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landform

Encyclopedic entry. A landform is a feature on the Earth's surface that is part of the terrain. Mountains, hills, ...

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landscape

A landscape is part of the Earth’s surface that can be viewed at one time from one place



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North America: Physical Geography

Encyclopedic entry. North America, the third-largest continent, extends from the tiny Aleutian Islands in the north...

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First Successful Summit of Mount Everest

On May 29 1953, New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first mountaineers t...


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alluvial fan

An alluvial fan is a triangle-shaped deposit of gravel, sand, and smaller materials called alluvium.


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Exploring Everest's Topography

Activity. Students explore a topographic map of Everest, then apply their learning to create a two- dimensional rep...


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GIS (geographic information system)

A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, and displaying data re...

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Mount Fuji

Photo. Mount Fuji is a physical, cultural, and spiritual symbol of Japan.



Historic Article

Last Eruption of Mount Fuji

On December 16, 1707, Mount Fuji, Japan, erupted for the last time to date. It is still an active volcano!

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Lewis and Clark Head Home

On March 23, 1806, American explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark finally started their return journey after...


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Grand Canyon Becomes a National Monument

On January 11, 1908, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt made the massive Grand Canyon in northwestern Arizona a nati...


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river

A river is a large, natural stream of flowing water. Rivers are found on every continent and on nearly every kind o...


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canyon

Encyclopedic entry. A canyon is a deep, narrow valley with steep sides.

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beach

A beach is a narrow, gently sloping strip of land that lies along the edge of an ocean or a lake