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    The USA are situated in southern part of North America and they are the fourth largest countries in the world (after Russia, Canada and China). Its neighbours are Canada on north.

    Mexico on south. The USA also includes Alaska in the north of the continent and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean. It covers the area of 9,372,614 sq. kms.

    The highest mountain in the USA is Mount McKinley in the Alaska Range, which is 6,194 m high. The Rocky Mountains are "the backbone of the continent". They are the same age as the Alps in Europe. Another large ranges of mountains are the Appalachians and the Sierra Nevada.

    The largest rivers are the Mississippi and the Missouri.

    The border with Canada is in its central part made by the Great Lakes Region. Lakes Superior, Huron, Erie and Ontario share the USA with Canada. Lake Superior is the second largest lake in the world.

    There are big variations of climate. Temperatures change from the arctic cold in northern Alaska to subtropical warmth of Hawaii and the Gulf Coast States.

    There are many national parks in the USA - Yellowstone NP, Rocky Mountains NP, Grand Canyon NP, Rocky Mountains NP.


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