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FC: Virginia's regions,ecosystems,and more
1: Piedmont region The Piedmont region has small, gentle hills all around. The name “Piedmont” comes from foot of the mountain. Piedmont has very good land for farming. It grows apples, corn, peaches, soybeans, wheat, and hay. The south part of piedmont also grows peanuts, cotton, and tobacco. Farm animals are a big part here too. Turkeys, cattle, and chickens are raised here. Piedmont has many horses. Animals make money by selling their milk, eggs and meat too. Piedmont is in the middle of Virginia.
2: Blue Ridge Mountain This region starts in Pennsylvania and ends in Georgia. It goes across the middle of our state. Mt. Rodgers is the highest mountain in the state. It is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Some crops they grow here are wheat, corn, potatoes, hay, and rye. Chickens, cattle, and hogs live here.
3: Valley and ridge This state is very good for farming as is the Piedmont region. Here is very famous for the apples they grow. It is packed and sent everywhere. People make many things from these apples This region is in the west. This land is made up of some valleys and part of the Allegheny Mountains. An example of these valleys is Valley of Virginia. Also there is the Shenandoah Valley; its name is Indian for “Daughter of the Stars”. Harrisonburg is in the Shenandoah Valley. It is a very big poultry place. Here is a song called 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
4: Costal plane region The coastal plain region is very close to the water. Virginia Beach is in the region. Most people who live in the coastal plain region work on the water. This includes jobs like catching fish and shellfish and repairing boats. Some people like to travel here just to have fun! Lots of crops grow here such as wheat, soybeans, corn, tobacco, and peanuts. The coastal plains are east of the fall line, an important natural resource. Many places are built along the fall line because falling water can make power for machinery.
5: Appalachian plateau This region is the smallest in Virginia. It is in far west. A plateau is a flat and high piece of land. The smallest city here is Norton. Here is a part of the Appalachian Mountain range. This place has very good minerals. People dig coal for electricity and industry. They also dig up Zinc. It makes paint, steel, brass, iron, and rubber tires. The natives also grow tobacco.
6: Forests Once forests were everywhere in Virginia. Native Americans made paths to other villages. Then settles cut down more trees for farm land. We still use forests in many ways now. That is why it is important we keep the forest living. One example of a forest is Prince William forest in the Piedmont region.
7: Freshwater Lakes, ponds, streams, creeks, and rivers are all examples of the freshwater ecosystem. Our drinking water mostly comes from lakes and reservoirs, a lake that is manmade and its purpose is to hold and store water. When we pollute water or bring other organisms that aren't from this region we are harming the freshwater ecosystem. An example of freshwater is Lake Anna.
8: Caves and Caverns There are more than 3,000 natural caves all over Virginia. Some animals that live here are flatworms, millipedes, beetles, spiders, salamanders, and packrats. Their eyesight is not very good since where they live is dark. Cave bears and bats visit here but it is not their full time home. One of these caverns is Luray Caverns.
9: Beaches and wetlands Wetlands help Virginia. They keep water levels normal when there is bad rain or lots of melting snow. They prevent flooding here. One example of our wetlands is beaches, our Chesapeake Bay, marshes, and swamps. Places like these have many plants and animals. Great Dismal Swamp is home to snakes, turtles, birds, lizards, raccoons, bats, foxes, minks, black bears, deer, and many different kinds of fish. An example of a beach in Virginia is Virginia beach.
10: Our natural resources Natural resources are very important to our daily lives. We use water by drinking it, eating organisms that live in there, selling fish to other markets, and shipbuilding is an important job. We use minerals by making plaster, paint, plastic, and many other things from rocks. We also use coal for fire and other things. Soil is important because we plant things there and we can eat the things we grow. It also makes feed for livestock. Virginia has many forests. We use timber for oxygen and we make paper and fires out of it.
11: Our natural resources Natural resources are very important to our daily lives. We use water by drinking it, eating organisms that live in there, selling fish to other markets, and shipbuilding is an important job. We use minerals by making plaster, paint, plastic, and many other things from rocks. We also use coal for fire and other things. Soil is important because we plant things there and we can eat the things we grow. It also makes feed for livestock. Virginia has many forests. We use timber for oxygen and we make paper and fires out of it.
12: Water We use water so much in our daily lives. We use it for drinking, fishing, and many other things. Water can also be used for fun, like swimming or boating. There are also a lot of jobs on the water which is very important. Water is one of the most important resources there is. An example of water ecosystem is Cheasapeake bay.