FC: By: Caitlin Carlton 4th Grade
1: The Coastal Plain Region is east of the Piedmont Region and is right by the water. T he tide comes in from the Chesapeake Bay. Most people that live there work by the water. They catch fish and shells. They also grow plants like corn, wheat, soybeans, tobacco, and some cotton. Did you know that more people live down by Virginia Beach than any other place in Virginia?
2: The Piedmont Region is east of the Blue Ridge Mountains and west of the Coastal Plain Region. The Piedmont Region is great for farming. They grow peanuts,peaches, wheat, and soybeans, farmers raise cattle, turkeys, and chickens. Did you know the Piedmont region is great horse country!
3: The coastal Plain Region starts in Pennsylvania and ends in Georgia and cut through Virginia. In the Blue Ridge Mountains farming is extremely important. they grow corn, wheat, rye, potatoes, and hay that they grow in the fields. There are few cites in the Blue Ridge Mountains, but there are good museums, and a children's zoo!
4: The Valley and Ridge is west of the Blue Ridge and east of the Appalachian Plateau. The land in the Valley and Ridge region is very fertile and so it is excellent for farming. The region is known for its very good apples. People grow a lot of apples and sell a lot of applesauce and apple juice. Indians called the Shenandoah Valley the " daughter of the stars." Harrisonburg is in the Shenandoah Valley. The area is so pretty that many people visit this area!
5: The Appalachian Plateau is west of the Valley and Ridge and is Virginia's smallest land region. This area is very high and flat and has the smallest city called Norton. The area is part the Appalachian Mountains. Mines dig out important minerals including coal which is used for electricity and industry. They also mine zinc which is used to make iron, steel, brass, paint, and rudder tires.
6: Wetlands are important to Virginia they help by keeping good water levels even when there is rain our heavy snow. It does this buy absorbing the water which helps to prevents flooding. These are also home to many rare animals are snakes, turtles, lizards, birds, bats, raccoon's, minks, foxes, deer, black bears, and many different tips of fish. This is why wetlands are so important to Virginia.
7: Caves and Carves There so many interesting animals that live in the Caves and Carves there are millipedes, flatworms, beetles, spiders, salamanders, and pack rats. These animals cant see very well because it is very dark were they live. Also bats and bears like to visit but they don't live there like all those other animals do. Did you know that there are over 3,000 Caves and Carves in just Virginia wow that's a lot!
8: Forests are very important to us today without them we would have little paper and little oxygen also little animals. Animals need habitat otherwise they could live little lives. Once there was more forest than anything else in Virginia. A long time ago Indians hunted in the animals that lived in the forest and used the trees to build houses. Now we still use forest, but we must be care full that we keep the ecosystem in balance.
9: Freshwater Rivers, streams, creeks, lakes, and ponds are all sources of freshwater. Did you know that all most all the water comes from a lakes and rivers? When people pollute the water it really hurts us we don't have enough water to last forever. Did you know that Indians used to make paths through the forests? It is important that we take good care of water.
10: Water is one of the most important natural resources, because you could not live without it. Did you know that the Atlantic Ocean and the many rivers that flow into it are filled with fish? So there are many fish and shell fish to eat that we sell all around the country and the world. Water is also a great resource for swimming and boating.
11: Fertile Soil Farmers raise grain, vegetables, hay, and tobacco in different parts of the country. Beef, cattle, poultry, and hogs are raised here because the soil makes it possible for farmers to raise and feed for their livestock. Soil is really important to farmers. Minerals Coal is the most important mineral and comes from the Appalachian Plateau. Virginia also has many different types of stone, sand, salt, clay, and gypsum. Gypsum is used to make things like plaster, cement, and paint.
12: So as you can see there are amazing things that come from Virginia. Like coal, water, food, lumber, minerals like gold silver and copper, and much much more. Even though Virginia seems small when you look at it on the map. But it is much bigger then it seems!
13: Also the little things you do to help Virginia go a long way. So help Virginia don't destroy it. Make Virginia a better place! For all of us!
14: Mountains | Water | Minerals | Coal | Forest | Soil
16: The world is a beautiful place lets keep it that way!
17: Amazing and beautiful lets keep it like that!