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The Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest is one of the most extraordinary regions of the United States ... A region shaped by volcanism ... A land rich in history of American Indians, explorers and pioneers ... An agricultural paradise. The Pacific Northwest has an economy that combines the proven industries of the past with the glorious technologies of the future. But it is also a leader in green technology a region striving to reduce its carbon footprint and adapting to climate change ... This series presents leading state and regional experts on the geography and climate change of the region. The series three programs are Geography, History and Climate Change.
  • Title ID 46-PN
  • American History, Social Studies, Geography
  • 3 Programs
  • 6 Supplemental Files
  • 10th Grade through Post Secondary
  • Released in 2008 by Ambrose Video Publishing Inc./Centre Communications
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Included Programs
Supplemental Files

Included Programs

Pacific Northwest GeographyRunning time is 37 minutes

Here students study U.S. Geography, Earth Sciences, Environmental Studies of the Pacific Northwest

Chapter List
Landforms of the Pacific Northwest.
The Cascade Range, Mount Rainier, Mount Saint Helens, tectonic forces, subduction, glaciers, Puget Willamette Trough, Strait of Juan de Fuca, fjord, Willamette Valley, Columbia Plateau, Columbia Basin, Great Basin, Palouse Plateau, Rocky Mountains, hotspot, Snake River Basin, Salmon River, and the Yakima River are covered in this chapter.
Climates and Ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest
The Pacific Northwest has a temperate rain forest as well as tide pool ecosystems, prairie ecosystems, brush steppes, northern pine forest, and has remarkable life forms such as killer whales.
Oregon
Oregon human geography is shown.
Washington
Washington human geography is shown.
Idaho
Idaho human geography is shown.

Pacific Northwest HistoryRunning time is 30 minutes

Students study Pacific Northwest History.

Chapter List
Prehistory and American Indian Tribes
The Pacific Northwest's history is a rich legacy of prehistory Paleo Indians found in places such as Paisley Caves and including, Kennewick Man, and later Northwest Indians such as the Nez Perce and Yakima.
Exploration
Exploration of the Pacific Northwest began with brave explorers like Sir Francis Drake and continued with the Corps of Discovery expedition led by Lewis and Clark, which wintered in Oregon at, Fort Clatsop, and the British Hudson Bay Company's Fort Vancouver.
Settlement
The Oregon Trail, brought people to the Pacific Northwest where they went south into the Willamette Valley, and north to Puget Sound where they were welcomed by Chief Sealth, also known as Chief Seattle.
The Indian Wars
The Indian Wars included fights with the Bannock, Shoshoni, and the Nez Perce, led by Chief Joseph.
Statehood and Political System
Oregon Settlers came first to the Willamette Valley, and from here, the Oregon Treaty of 1846 gave the region to the U.S. and it would become the states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
Mining and Timber
The Pacific Northwest boomtowns, were a result of Pacific Northwest mining and Pacific Northwest lumber.
Transportation and Labor
Seattle and Tacoma were the Pacific Northwest's biggest seaports and home to the International Workers of the World, also known as the Wobblies.
The Great Depression
The New Deal brought in the Owyhee Dam and the Columbia River's Bonneville Dam to provide hydroelectricity through the BPA, the Bonneville Power Administration.
World War II and After
Portland and Seattle are known for their businesses such as Bill Gates' Microsoft, Boeing Company, Amazon Books, Starbucks Coffee, and Nike.

Pacific Northwest Climate ChangeRunning time is 34 minutes

Students study Pacific Northwest, climate and global warming.

Chapter List
Global Warming and Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest
The burning of fossil fuels causes global warming, or climate change, which affect the region's ecosystems.
Climate Change Impacts on the Forests
With global warming, Forest ecosystems, such as in the Cascade Mountains, are devastated by fire ecology, pine beetles and bark beetles.
Water, Snow and Glaciers
Glaciers, like the Cascade glaciers, are decreasing with less snow pack, lessening the fresh water supply of rivers like the Salmon River.
Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture
Climate change Impacts will be greatly felt in the agricultural areas like Magic Valley, Yakima River Valley and the Palouse Plateau, where irrigation is what allows crops to grow.
Sea Level Rise
Sea Level Rise will flood the Pacific Northwest Coasts and Puget Sound, while climate change will create extended heat waves and diminished fresh water sources

Supplemental Files

Blackline Master Quizzes -The Pacific Northwest
MARC Records for PN
MARC records for the Full Series PN, The Pacific Northwest
Pacific Northwest Historical Timeline
Pacific Northwest: Timeline for Energy Consumption
Teacher Guide - Pacific Northwest
Timeline for the Science of Global Warming