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A country as vast as America experiences a variety of climatic conditions, including
winter's chilly blasts of arctic air in the northern parts, tropical savanna, humid continental warm
summer and Mediterranean.
The nation also has many different physical features, from lush forests and fertile farmlands to
rugged mountains, barren deserts, sandy beaches and arctic shores. Alaska is partly composed of
the Pacific Mountain System and Arctic Central Plain. Hawaii is a chain of shoals, reefs and
The United States is the world's leading industrial nation. Its chief manufactured goods are
processed foods, chemicals, transportation equipment, industrial machinery and electronic
equipment. Service industries are significant sectors of the economy, employing almost three
fourths of the work force. Tourism thrives in many regions. Fahrenheit, miles and
pounds are the measurements used.