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Chapter 1, Lesson 1: Where on Earth Is California? (pp. 4-8)

I. Looking at the Earth

II. Looking at North America

    A. A map of North America shows that many countries make up this large continent.

    B. A border may follow the natural line of mountains or a river, or it may cut across a piece of land to divide one country from another.

III. Looking at California

    A. From a space shuttle approaching California, the Golden Gate Bridge and Lake Tahoe can be seen.

    B. A map shows California's bordering neighbors--the states of Nevada, Oregon, and Arizona and the country of Mexico.

IV. Zooming in on California

    A. California's Central Valley and mountains are landforms you can see as you fly over the state.

    B. East of the mountains is the desert.

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