The United States of America (USA) are almost a planet in itself, and living in this country represents a unique occasion to get to know a very diversified culture and so much things, both of terms of traditions and natural landscapes.
The U.S. are a federal republic composed of 50 different states and districts scattered between North America, Canada and Mexico, with the state of Alaska and the state of Hawaii, comprising an archipelago in the mid-Pacific.
Today, the United States represent one of the most highly-developed countries in the world, with the planet’s largest economy. The USA is also a prominent political and cultural force on an international level, and a leader in scientific research and technological innovations.
In terms of geography and environment, the United States are one of the world’s largest countries by total area, both on land and water. Its landscapes and natural environments are very diverse: from the coastal plain of the Atlantic seaboard to the deciduous forests and rolling hills of the inlands; from the beauty of Appalachian Mountains to the Great Lakes and the grasslands of the Midwest; from spectacular rivers such as the Mississippi to the sublime Rocky Mountains in Colorado; to the Sierra Nevada to the amazing coasts of California – nothing is probably more diversified in the world than the USA.
The country’s very large size and geographical variety also means many different climate types, from humid continental to humid subtropical, from Mediterranean to oceanic. In some areas, the country is also prone to hurricanes and tornadoes.
Wildlife is also luscious in the United States. The country’s ecology can only be described as megadiverse, with more than 17,000 species of vascular plants and 1,800 species of flowering plants. Animal species are also wonderfully numerous and diverse: 428 mammal species, 784 bird species, 311 reptile species, 295 amphibian species.
The symbolic animal of the United States of America is the worldwide famous bald eagle.
Finally, the culture: the USA are home to several different ethnic groups, and therefore traditions and values are many and diversified. Mainstream American culture, though, is a Western culture largely derived from the traditions of European immigrants.