S: Virginia's Natural Resources, Regions, and Ecosystems
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FC: Virginia's Natural Resources, Regions, and Ecosystems
2: Piedmont The Piedmont region is left of the Coastal Plain region. The name Piedmont comes from the phrase “foot of the mountain.” The region is good for farming. People there grow apples, corn, wheat, peaches, hey and soy beans. In the southern parts of the Piedmont region, farmers like to grow cotton, tobacco, and peanuts. Farmers also raise animals like chickens, cattle, and turkeys.
4: Blue Ridge Mountains The Blue Ridge Mountains start in Pennsylvania and end in Georgia. This region runs throughout Virginia. The highest peak (Mt. Rogers) is in this region. Farming is very important. Rye, corn, wheat, potatoes and hay can grow in the fields and lots of animals live on farms such as chickens, cattle and hogs.
6: Valley and Ridge This region is known for its apples. That means that there is lots of good farming. With their apples they make apple juice and apple sauce to sell all over the world. The Valley and Ridge is part of the Allegheny Mountains and several other valleys. One of these valleys is in Virginia. This is on the right of the Appalachian Plateau. Here are the words to a song called the “Shenandoah”: Oh Shenandoah I long to hear you Away you rolling river Oh I long to hear you Away I'm bound away Cross the wide Missouri
8: Appalachian Plateau This is our smallest region. It has a very small city in it called Norton. The Appalachian Plateau has many minerals that are important. Miners dig up coal for electricity and industry. They also mine zinc. You can make iron, brass, paint, and rubber tires with zinc. This region is on the west coast of Virginia.
12: Caves and Caverns A cave or cavern is a hollowed out area usually in rock. There are lots of caves and caverns in Virginia including Luray Caverns and Skyline Caverns. Luray Caverns has many gross bugs living in it such as millipedes, flatworms, beetles and more. You can't really see them because they live in the dark. Other creatures like caverns too such as bears and bats but they don't live there. Caverns and caves grow larger slowly over time and when people go into them they leave things behind and change the caves.
14: Beaches and Wetlands Wetlands help to stop flooding when it rains. There are lots of types of wetlands such as beaches, marshes and swamps. Wetlands soak up the rain water and help plants to grow. Lots of living creatures make their homes in wetlands such as birds, plants, and fish. An example of a wetland in Virginia is the Chesapeake Bay. Congressional sits on one large wetland. The field is a wetland and the water soaks in and goes into the creek.
16: Fresh Water Lakes, streams, rivers, creeks, and ponds are fresh water ecosystems. Most of the water we drink comes from this water. The Chesapeake Bay is a freshwater resource in Virginia. It is home to lots of plants and living creatures such as birds, fish, jellyfish, crabs and more. Pollution from unnatural sources such as gasoline has caused the Chesapeake Bay's fresh water to become dirty which kills off lots of innocent creatures. People are trying to solve that problem.
18: Forests A forest is an area with lots of trees growing close together. We have to keep our forests in balance. That means that we can't have Virginia being all forest and we can't have Virginia being no forest. Trees are being planted in Virginia all the time. There are more forests in Virginia now than there were 50 years ago. Lots of creatures live in forests like raccoons, birds, skunks, owls, weasels, foxes, wolves and in other types of forests such as rain forests are animals such as jaguars.
22: Coal, Water, Soil, and Timber Virginia's natural resources are important because we use them a lot. Coal we use to make electricity, timber we use to build homes, water we use for water breathing animals to live, and soil we use to grow fruits and vegetables to eat. We need to take better of our resources. Timber, we can stop cutting it down and use the homes we have. Water, we can stop throwing our trash in them and dispose of it properly. Soil - put more worms in it because they eat the trash we pile under it. Coal - we should stop using so much of it so that when we need it we can use it.
23: Coal, Water, Soil, and Timber We need fresh water for all of our ecosystems so that all the creatures that live in water can live. For example, fish couldn't live without water and in order for fish to stay alive and not become extinct; we should stop polluting their water. There are people that check the water and see how the creatures in it are doing. Once, someone checked the water in Tripps Run which runs by our school and found that the water was polluted. There were some fish living it in but not many. This creek runs into Lake Barcroft and harms those creatures and Lake Barcroft is polluted and runs into the Chesapeake Bay.