North America – A Landscape of Contrasts
North America is generally known by many people to be the continent with the most diverse landscape. It is home to four continents and includes the vast central area of the United States which is technically considered to be part of Northern America and the remaining continents of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. North America was considered to be part of the Old World before Europe existed, but it was really brought into the European continent after Columbus discovered the Americas. North America is the result of several historical ice ages that took place in the last thousand years and left behind tundra.
North America is a very large continent and has lots of high places and mountain ranges in the southern part of the continent. However, it is bordered by the eastern Canadian Arctic Ocean and the Alaskan Arctic Ocean. The western part of the continent has mostly desert and grasslands while the eastern areas have mainly deciduous forests and oases. The highest point in north america is the Rockies while the tallest ones are found in California and New Mexico. Each of the continent has many tundra regions and there is no exception to the case. North America is also known for having the largest amount of earthquakes and volcanoes apart from the Asian continent.
Most of the continent is covered with mountains and there are many high peaks in north america. The most famous peaks include Matterhorn, Alta, Blood Mountain, Aconite, Catamount and Hecla. These mountains are formed due to the supervolcanic earthquakes that hit the area. There are also many dormant volcanoes that lie on the continental shelves of north america. These volcanoes are still active and release small amounts of sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide and water vapor into the atmosphere.
Another interesting thing about north america is that it is one of the only continents that possesses all four of the Earth’s polar geysers. These geysers cause the oceanic currents that push water into the ocean. The melt of ice in the Polar Regions triggers a great rise in sea level which causes the oceans to expand. This is one of the reasons why the continent has the largest number of large land masses spread out over very large surface areas. It is this unique feature of the continent that make it a haven for flora and fauna.
All in all, north america is considered to be one of the richest landscapes in the world. There are a great number of national parks and protected areas, which have made the region popular with tourists. Some of the most popular tourist destinations are Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Yoho National Park, Mount david National Park, Canmore National Park and grizzly country in British Columbia. These scenic parks and protected areas are home to a variety of wildlife and other amazing features of nature.
Despite its size and natural diversity, the north america continent still has some of its less visited tourist spots and thus many remain to be unknown to many people. For instance, there are only a few cities in the continental United States with significant populations, such as Missoula, Montana; Seattle, Washington; Grand Junction, Colorado; and lumber town, Kansas. There are also a few mountains in north america, like the Rockies and several in the central states, which offer hiking trails and other outdoor activities.