S: Virginia's regions, resources, ecosystems and more
FC: Virginia's Five Regions, Four Ecosystems, Four Resources, and more! By: Supriya
1: The Coastal Plain region is next to the Atlantic Ocean. In Chincoteague Island, there are mostly wild ponies and horses. In that region, people grow vegetables, fruits, and cotton in the east. In Virginia, the Coastal Plain region is in the far east. Lots of people in the region work on the water by catching fish or crabs for their food.
2: In the Piedmont region, there are mostly rolling hills. Piedmont means “foot of the mountain”. In Piedmont, most places are good for farming. Farmers grow fruit and vegetables like apples, peaches, corn, and wheat. The Piedmont region is west of the Coastal Plain region.
3: The Blue Ridge Mountains region starts in Pennsylvania, goes through a few states and ends in Georgia. In this region, farmers grow corn, wheat, rye, potatoes, and hay. Some animals such as hogs, chickens, and cattle live in the farms. The Blue Ridge Mountains region does not have many cities. In Virginia, the Blue Ridge Mountain region is west of Piedmont.
4: The Valley and Ridge region, has most of the fertile soil in the state. That means, it is perfect for farming. This region is very famous for its fresh apples, which are shipped to other places in the country. In Virginia, the Valley and Ridge region is east of the Appalachian Plateau region. In the Shenandoah Valley, farmers grow chickens. Shenandoah is an Indian word that means “daughter of the stars”.
5: The Appalachian Plateau region is the smallest land region in Virginia. Miners dig coal for electricity and industry. They also dig zinc to make iron, steel, brass, paint, and rubber tires. Tobacco is grown in the Appalachian Plateau region. In Virginia, the Appalachian Plateau region is in the far west.
6: Long ago, there were more forests than land. Native Americans hunted animals from the forest and cut down trees to build houses. Later, settlers cut down more trees again and made space for farms. People still use a lot of the forests for maybe trees, land, and timber. We must be careful about the forest ecosystem.
7: Most of our freshwater and drinking water comes from lakes. When people pollute, or bring in animals or plants from other regions or places, they can harm the freshwater ecosystem. Freshwater, can be found in rivers, streams, lakes, creeks, and ponds. Most of our drinking water also comes from reservoirs. Reservoirs are lakes that are made by people to store freshwater.
8: There are millipedes, flatworms, beetles, spiders, salamanders, and packrats in cool, damp caves. These animals cannot see, because it is always dark in the places they live in. Bats and cave bears visit most caves, but they do not stay the whole time. There are lots of animals that live in caves and caverns. There are more than three thousand caves in Virginia.
9: Water is a most important natural resource in Virginia and lots of other places. We have fish to eat because of the Atlantic Ocean and many other rivers that have fish in them.We can sell and ship fish to markets around the world and to other places in the United States. Ports are very important to our state's economy. Everyone around the world uses water.
10: In Great Dismal Swamp, there are lots of animals that live there. For example snakes, turtles, lizards, birds, bats, raccoons, minks, foxes, deer, black bears, and many kinds of fish. Beaches and wetlands are home to many birds, fish, and rare animals. The Chesapeake Bay, is a wetland. Wetlands, are good for Virginia because they help keep water levels steady when there is rain or melting snow. There are also beaches and wetlands all over the world.
11: To care for Timber, we should not cut down too many trees or even and not waste most of it.To care for water, we should not waste drinking water.
12: To care for fertile soil, we need to keep it healthy. To care for minerals, we should care for coal,gypsum,and more. We have four natural resources that we should always care for everywhere.
13: Water is important, because we drink it and if we don't have water, it will be hard to survive. Fertile soil is important, because farmers grow food that we can eat.
14: Minerals are important, because coal has minerals in it and coal heats our houses. Timber is important, because people make houses and little shelters with trees and timber. We always need resources.
15: The Facts about Virginia's regions, natural resources, ecosystems, and more.