What Are Some of the Key Physical Features of North America?

The Rocky and Appalachian Mountains and the five Great Lakes are among the physical features of North America. The Mississippi River is another major geographic feature.

The Rocky Mountains begin in Alaska and run through western Canada, the United States and Mexico. The Appalachian Mountains rise from Maine to Georgia and Tennessee. The Mississippi River flows through the middle of the United States.

Other physical features include Baffin Island in northeast Canada and the Yucatan Peninsula in southeast Mexico. Baffin Island is Canada's largest island, and the Yucatan juts into the Gulf of Mexico. Notable lakes include Lake Winnipeg in central Canada and the Great Salt Lake in Utah.