BC: By: William Hoganson Sources: Google and textbook
FC: Virginia's five regions By: William Hoganson
1: Coastal Plain region The Coastal Plain region is the only region in Virginia that is touching the coast. It is the farthest east of all the regions. It gets its name from coastal tides that come into the Chesapeake Bay and the surrounding rivers. Many of the people there take advantage of the water and catch lots of fish and crab. Many crops grow well in this region such as, wheat, soybeans, and peanuts. Farmers also raise chickens, hogs, and turkeys. The Coastal Plain region is just east of the fall line. The fall line is a line of waterfalls and bumpy rocks that mark the border between the Coastal Plain region and the Piedmont region.
2: The Piedmont region Next to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Piedmont region has gentle rolling hills. In fact, its name means foot of the mountain. This region is excellent for farming. Farmers grow many things along with raising livestock. This region is also a great horse country.
3: The Blue Ridge Mountains The Blue Ridge Mountains stretch all the way from Georgia to Pennsylvania. The highest peak in the entire state is in this region. As always in Virginia farming is important. Unlike other regions of Virginia it does not have very many cities.
4: Valley and Ridge The Valley and Ridge region has very fertile land and is famous for its apples. This region is made up out of several valleys and part of a mountain range called the Allegheny Mountains. This region is just to the left of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There is a town called Harrisonburg in this region that is the center of our poultry industry
5: Appalachian Plateau The Appalachian Plateau is our smallest land region. It is part of a huge mountain range that runs down the United States. This region is the farthest west of all the regions of Virginia. It has many important minerals. Miners dig out coal and zinc. Tobacco is also grown in this region.
6: Forests Forests provide a habitat that many plant and animals can thrive in. Sadly this ecosystem is disappearing fast. Many forests in Virginia have been cut down. Some forests like the Jefferson forest are protected. Forests actually used to cover most of Virginia!
7: Freshwater The freshwater ecosystem consists of streams, lakes, ponds, and rivers. Plants or animals from other regions can hurt the freshwater ecosystem. Most of the water we drink comes from lakes or man made lakes called reservoirs such as, Abbot Lake.
8: Caves and Caverns There are many caves in Virginia, close to 3,000 in fact! This Ecosystem provides a home for many unique animals such as, flatworms and packrats. Not many animals that live in caves such as, Luray caverns have very good eyesight because it is dark almost all the time. There are many natural caves
9: Beaches and wetlands This ecosystem is home to a wide variety of animals that I won’t even begin to list. Wetlands like the Chesapeake Bay help Virginia by preventing flooding by absorbing the water that is caused by melting snow or heavy rain.
10: Natural resources Our natural resources consist of minerals, water, soil and timber. All of these resources are very important to Virginia and we have come to value them very much. I think sophisticated life without them would be impossible. I think fertile soil is one of the most important resources, because it grows plants. e can eat these plants or animals could eat them. Allowing us, to eat the animals.
11: Our natural resources are slowly being used up. In order to conserve our natural resources better we must first stop using so much of them. For example, coal is Virginia’s most important mineral resource. In 2007 around 17,000 tons were consumed in Virginia alone! We could help preserve this natural resource by finding different substitutes; this would also work for the other minerals. We can conserve water by using less just like minerals, recycling, or by not letting the water get polluted as much. We can conserve fertile soil by not littering and therefore not polluting the soil. Timber can be conserved by not using as much wood, recycling, and by planting more trees.