Mexico - Geography

Contributor: Jodi Powell. Lesson ID: 10840

Mountains, canyons, national parks . . . sounds like the U.S.! It's also Mexico! Our southern neighbor even has volcanos! Tour Mexico with handy videos, charts, and online articles, maps, and quizzes!



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Middle School (6-8)
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Hola! Welcome to Mexico, the Spanish-speaking southern neighbor of the United States.

  • Did you know that Mexico has a very diverse geography?

In Mexico, you can find tall mountains, deep canyons, deserts, jungles, and many national parks. Let's journey through Mexico to get a glimpse of this geography for ourselves!

For your official introduction to Mexico, watch this fun video of interesting Mexican facts!

Mexico - Fun Facts Series EP26 I Mocomi Kids:

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Mexico is a land of many terrains.

Visit Mexico Geography at Study the map that identifies some of the physical and political geographies of Mexico.

  • Notice the Central Plateau in the center of the map that is surrounded by the Sierra Madre mountain ranges.

The Central Plateau is home to the country's capital, Mexico City, where over 20 million people live (the fourth-most populated city in the world). The plateau covers 40% of Mexico's landscape.

  • Next, locate the three Sierra Madre Mountain ranges: Occidental, Oriental, and del Sur. Within these mountain ranges are many volcanoes!
  • Another notable physical feature in Mexico is the Yucatan Peninsula. Locate it on the map.

Lying between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, the Yucatan Peninsula is an attractive stop for beach lovers.

  • The Rio Grande River is the long river that creates part of the border between the United States and Mexico. Locate this on the map as well.

Next, watch Mexico's Geographic Challenge:

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Read more at Famous Landforms in Mexico.

Read from Mexico Facts. Read the first few sections, stopping when you get to the section on people and languages.

Finish up with this one last overview at Mexico's Most Famous Geographical Features.

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