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Georgia's Geography

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Ben Beitzel

on 7 August 2018

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Georgia's Geography
The state's five physiographic regions
Appalachian Plateau
Ridge and Valley
Blue Ridge Mountains
Coastal Plains
Barrier Islands
• Call the “TAG Corner” because three states (Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia) all meet in Appalachian Plateau

• Smallest Region in Georgia, tucked in the northwest corner of the state

• Made of mostly limestone cases, deep canyons and rock formations

• High and flat (plateau means to flatten out)

• Lookout Mountain is in the Appalachian Plateau
• Region of Georgia that has low open valleys and narrow ridges that run parallel to the valleys

• Think ruffles potato chip

• Nicknamed Georgia’s Apple Capital
• Region in Georgia where the highest and largest group of mountains in Georgia are located

• Brasstown Bald is Georgia’s highest mountain at 4,784 feet above sea level! Also home to Amicalola Falls

• Part of the Appalachian Mountain chain, that traverse the eastern coast of the United States

• The Appalachian Trail begins in the Blue Ridge Mountains and ends in Maine, some 2,180 miles long

• Source of both Chattahoochee (west) and Savannah (east) rivers.
Region of Georgia that has gently sloping hills and valleys in the north and flatlands in the south
Home of Stone Mountain
Hardwood timber, pine, and agriculture
Red clay and granite base
Contains most of Georgia’s largest cities and has the highest population
Source of both Chattahoochee (west) and Savannah (east) rivers.
Islands that lie off the coast and protect the beaches by limiting much of the wind, sands, and water that could erode the mainland
Spanish explorers called the Barrier Islands “Islands of gold”
Protect the deep water ports from storms and tides
• Low-lying freshwater wetlands

• Deep-water port cities of Savannah and Brunswick provide jobs for the economy

• The major agricultural region of Georgia; contains all of Georgia’s coastline

• Home to the Okefenokee Swamp — one of the largest freshwater wetlands, just north of St. Mary's River, on Georgia's border with Florida
Fall Line
• The line that marks the farthest inland shoreline of a pre-historic ocean; divides the Piedmont and Coastal Plain regions

• Runs from Columbus, in the west, through Macon to Augusta, in the east

• Fall Line waterfalls provide hydroelectric power source for several Georgia communities
These are the three northernmost regions in Georgia and the easiest to confuse. Take three minutes and develop a trick to memorizing these three regions' locations and features. Write it below and be prepared to share
Think break ...
Savannah River

Georgia's eastern border, separates the state from South Carolina.
Fresh water source used by early Europeans to found British settlements in the area
Chattahoochee River
Forms Georgia's southwestern boarder with Alabama.
Flows from the Appalachian Mountains, through Atlanta.
Is a major water source for Atlanta area, including Gwinnett County.
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