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Regions, Climate and Natural Resources of North Carolina

A prezi that explains the 3 regions of NC, it's climate and the natural resources found in the 3 regions.
by Alexa Duffy on 20 September 2012

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Transcript of Regions, Climate and Natural Resources of North Carolina

The Three Regions of North Carolina The 3 regions of North Carolina
are the Coastal Plain, Piedmont and Mountain Range. Coastal Plain The Coastal Plain in North Carolina is a low flat land along the Atlantic. Sometimes it is divided into 2 parts, the Outer Coastal Plain and the Inner Coastal Plain. In North Carolina the Outer Coastal Plain is made up of the Outer Banks and the Tidewater region. The Outer Banks is a long string of barrier islands, and the Tidewater region is the area along the coast close to sea level. This region has many low lying areas called wetlands. The inner coastal plain is a higher, drier area that produces some of the best farmland in the state. The Coastal Plain is located in the East. Piedmont The Piedmont region of North Carolina is the middle region located between the mountain and coastal. The boundary between the Piedmont and Coastal Plain is called the fall line. The Piedmont region is home to one of the states largest cities, and financial institutions. The Piedmont is also know as "the foot of the mountain" because 'Piedmont' means that in French. The Piedmont is high and mostly flat with a couple rolling hills. Mountains The western part of NC is the mountain region. The Blue Ridge Mountains separate the Piedmont from the mountains, and some parts of the mountain region reach a mile high. The mountain region is steep and covered with forests. The mountain region is smaller than the Piedmont and Coastal Plain regions. Resources Found in North Carolina Resources in North Carolina are abundant. One large resource we have in North Carolina is timber. Timber is one of our largest incomes as a state and over half of our forests are zoned for lumber. The timber usually comes from the coastal and mountainous regions of the state. Another resource we have is gems. Franklin, North Carolina is nicknamed "Gem capital of the world." These gems also come from the mountainous part of the state. We also have a lot of clay which is used to make bricks. That is one of the most abundant, which is mainly in the Piedmont. Our next major income is agriculture. With our rolling pastures and multiple types of soil we produce a lot of by products such as milk and eggs, grains, cotton, Christmas trees, turkey, fish nurseries and tobacco. We lead the country in feldspar and mica. Our agriculture is mainly in the Piedmont area. The many fish hatcheries are located in the coastal plains. What are the Major Resources of Each Region? Mountains- Climate and Weather Factors of North Carolina North Carolina has very good climate and weather. In North Carolina we have 4 distinct seasons, spring, summer, fall, and winter. The most important influence on North Carolinas weather is altitude. In all seasons of the year the average temperature is greater than 20 degrees Fahrenheit. This gives us a great range of weather for all seasons. It can be hotter than the interior of Florida on the coast, but as cold as Buffalo, NY on top of Mount Mitchell. North Carolina has no distinct wet and dry seasons. Sunshine and rain are persistent throughout the year. Another climate factor is the humidity, which is at its greatest in the winter and lowest in the spring. The most devastating economic loss for NC caused by weather is summer thunder storms. During the summer we are also at risk of tropical storms moving in. Most of NC is humid-subtropical except for some areas in the Appalachian mountains. The temperature ranges due to NC's geography. The weather in NC is distinguished and desired. The climate is fantastic, resulting in great benefactors for the state. ANY QUESTIONS? Regions of North Carolina By: Alexa Duffy, Alexis Holland, and Kobie Popko Piedmont The Piedmont is the middle region of the state between the coastal plain and mountains. The boundary between the coastal plain and the Piedmont is called the fall line. Piedmont is a french word meaning "foot of the mountain" and that is exactly what it is. The Piedmont is a kind of plateau and leads to the Mountain region. The Piedmont is high and mostly flat with a few rolling hills.
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