United States of America (USA)

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THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA) is the fourth largest country in the world. It stretches across north-central America, from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west and from Canada in the north to Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico in the south.

The world’s most developed nation, the USA, consists of fifty states, includ­ing outlying Alaska, northwest of Canada, and Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean. Two high mountain ranges dominate the country, the Rocky Mountains in the west and the Appalachian Mountains in the east. Between them lie the Great Plains – fertile, flatlands crossed by many rivers. The largest of these rivers are the Mississippi, and together with its main tributary, Missouri, it is the third-longest river in the world. The Great Lakes (Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie) in the northeast form part of Canada’s border.

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The USA’s climate varies greatly, and weather patterns can shift quite dramatically, mainly due to the westerly winds sweeping across the country from the Pacific, in the south, during the wetter summer months. One or two hurricanes a year can rage across Florida, and, on a more local scale, tornadoes or “twisters” can cut a narrow path of destruction in the wake of a spring or summer thunderstorm.

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Although agricultural production is high, it employs only a small workforce because of its advanced technology. The USA has a wealth of natural resources, including vast mineral reserves of oil, gas, coal, copper, lead, uranium, gold, tungsten, and timber. Iron and steel, chemicals, motor vehicles, aircraft, telecommunications, information technology, electronics, and textiles are the primary industries.

The USA is the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world.

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