Characteristics of the Deserts of the Southwestern United States


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Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of the Basin and Range province?

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1. Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of the Colorado Plateau?

2. When erosion occurs in the Colorado Plateau the land formations can gradually change over time. What forms prior to a butte in this area?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The southwest region of the United States is dominated by deserts with unique landscapes and geological features. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the physical and atmospheric factors that have created and defined these deserts.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Definitions of a desert region
  • Characteristics of the Colorado Plateau
  • The effect of erosion in the Colorado Plateau
  • The formation and characteristics of a playa
  • Differences in desert regions in the US Southwest

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can define key phrases and terms, such as rain shadow zone, monocline and alluvial fan
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the factors involved in the formation and features of the Colorado Plateau and the Basin and Range Province
  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge of the deserts in the southwestern United States to answer questions about physical features and conditions in these areas

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on deserts in the Southwest. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the common characteristics of a desert
  • Know the roles geography and geology play in the formation of deserts
  • Understand how landscapes evolve in desert environments
  • Know the geographic location of the main desert regions in the Southwest
  • Understand the differences in desert regions in the Southwest