Map of North America

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Location of North America

North America is a continent located in the northern and western hemispheres of the Earth.

It is bordered by the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and South America to the southeast.

North America is the third-largest continent by area. It encompasses diverse landscapes, including vast plains, rugged mountain ranges, dense forests, and arid deserts.

Some of the major countries in North America include the United States, Canada, Mexico, and various countries in Central America and the Caribbean.

Saguaro in North American desert

The continent is home to a rich array of cultures, languages, and ethnicities, with English, Spanish, and French being the most widely spoken languages.

Key cities in North America include New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Mexico City, and Vancouver, among others.

It is known for its significant landmarks, such as the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, the Rocky Mountains, and the Great Lakes.

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North America's Geography

The geography of North America is incredibly diverse, encompassing a wide range of landscapes and natural features.


Alberta Prairies

North America is home to several major mountain ranges. The Rocky Mountains span western North America, from Canada through the United States to Mexico.

The Appalachian Mountains stretch along the eastern coast of the United States and Canada.

Other notable mountain ranges include the Sierra Nevada in California and the Cascade Range in the Pacific Northwest.

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Great Plains

The Great Plains are vast, flat expanses of grassland that extend across the central part of North America.

They cover parts of the United States and Canada, providing important agricultural regions.

Canadian Shield

Located in eastern and central Canada, the Canadian Shield is a large area of ancient, exposed rock that forms one of the world's largest shields.

It is characterized by rocky terrain, lakes, and boreal forests.


Great lakes light house

North America has extensive coastlines on the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico.

These coastlines feature a variety of landscapes, including sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, and coastal wetlands.

Great Lakes

The Great Lakes are a group of five interconnected freshwater lakes located on the border between the United States and Canada.

They include Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario.

These lakes are not only important for navigation and transportation but also provide a significant freshwater resource.


North America has several major rivers. The Mississippi-Missouri River system is the longest in North America, running from Minnesota in the United States to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Other notable rivers include the Colorado River, the Columbia River, the Rio Grande, and the St. Lawrence River.


North America has several notable deserts, including the Mojave Desert, Sonoran Desert, Chihuahuan Desert, and Great Basin Desert.

These arid regions are characterized by sparse vegetation and extreme temperatures.


North America includes various islands, such as the Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska and the Caribbean Islands in the Caribbean Sea.

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Countries and Capitals of North America

Antigua and BarbudaSaint John'sGuatemalaGuatemala City
CanadaOttawaMexicoMexico City
Costa RicaSan JoséNicaraguaManagua
CubaHavanaPanamaPanama City
Denmark (Greenland)NuukSaint Kitts and NevisBasseterre
DominicaRoseauSaint LuciaCastries
Dominican RepublicSanto DomingoSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesKingstown
El SalvadorSan SalvadorTrinidad and TobagoPort of Spain
GrenadaSt. George’sUnited StatesWashington D.C.

North America's Economy

The economy of North America is one of the largest and most developed in the world.

North America is home to three major economies: the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Each country has its own unique economic characteristics and plays a significant role in shaping the overall economic landscape of the region.

Nevertheless, these countries face challenges that include income inequality, unemployment, environmental concerns, and geopolitical uncertainties.

However, the region also offers opportunities for innovation, technological advancements, renewable energy development, and the growth of emerging sectors such as biotechnology and artificial intelligence.

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), implemented in 1994 and updated to United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) in 2020, has facilitated trade among the USA, Canada, and Mexico.

This agreement reduced tariffs and barriers. It also created an integrated supply chain and a flow of goods and services within the region.

North America also has a high level of foreign direct investment (FDI), with companies from different countries investing in each other's economies.

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Map of North America