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Geographical Regions in Georgia



By:  Michelle Hawkins
Kristin Jurewicz
Holly Camp


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SS2G1 The student will locate major topographical features of Georgia and will describe how these features define Georgia’s surface.

a. Locate all the geographic regions of Georgia: Blue Ridge Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain, Valley and Ridge, and Appalachian Plateau.

A glace at Georgia's regions and some general information about each of them.

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Blue Ridge Mountains

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    The Blue Ridge Mountains cover 3% of the state of Georgia.  The mountains get their name because they appear to have a soft blue haze around the peaks and ridges.  The mountains are the highest range in Georgia ranging from heights of 1,600 to 4,700 feet!  The highest elevations get more than 80 inches of rain each year.
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Piedmont

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    The Piedmont makes up 1/3 of Georgia.  It is characterised by having oak and hickory trees.  Also it has low hills, narrow valleys, rivers, and streams.  Since conditions were good for growing crops, tobacco, corn, and cotton were grown by early settlers.
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Coastal Plain
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    The lowest elevations in the State of Georgia are in the Coastal Plains.  The Coastal Plains are divided into two sections: The Upper Coastal Plains and The Lower Coastal Plains.  Tidal salt, brackish marshes, bottomland hardwood swamps, and the Okefenokee Swamp are found in this region.  The Coastal Plains are characterized by having pine trees and wiregrass.  Peanuts, cotton, and vegetables are grown in this region of Georgia.
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Valley and Ridge

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    The Ridge and Valley region of Georgia covers 5% of the state.  The ridges reach 1,000 to 1,600 feet in elevation.  The valleys range from 600-800 feet.  Fish, muscles, snails, and crayfish can be found in this region.  The Ridge and Valley region is also known as the land of folding rocks.
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Appalachian Plateau
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    The Appalachian Plateau is located in the northwestern corner of Georgia.  It covers 1% of the state..  This region is characterized by having caves, lime stone, and other minerals.  Minerals that are mined in this region are cement, aggregate, and ironstone.
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Review Quiz  or Related Activity

Geographical Region Quiz


  1. How much of the state does the Blue Ridge Mountains cover?
    1. 5%
    2. 10%
    3. 3%
    4. 7%

 

  1. Which one of these was not good for growing by early settlers in the piedmont?
    1. tobacco
    2. corn
    3. cotton
    4. strawberries

 

  1. How many sections is the Coastal Plain broken up into?
    1. 5
    2. 3
    3. 2
    4. 4

 

  1. A valley’s rang is typically how long?
    1. 600-800 ft.
    2. 700-900 ft.
    3. 500-700 ft.
    4. 400-600 ft.

 

  1. Where in the state of Georgia is the Appalachian Plateau located?
    1. Southeastern
    2. Northwestern
    3. Northeastern
    4. Southwestern
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