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5 provinces of Virginia

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Nikkia Williams

on 13 February 2014

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5 provinces of Virginia
Coastal Plains
Flat terrain
Sedimentary rock and sediment
Includes VA Beach oceanfront
Fossils=Seashells & Ocean critters
Area is rich in sand and gravel resources
Major cities=Norfolk, Virginia Beach
The Piedmont
A gently sloping area with rolling hills.
Pied=foot; mont=mountains (sits at the foot of the mountains)
Located in central VA
Part of the Appalachian Mountains
Blue Ridge
Valley & Ridge
An area of long, parallel ridges separated by valleys.
Sections of hard, resistant rocks make up the ridges, while soft, eroded limestone makes up the valleys.

Created when the North American plate collided with the African plate (Africa and Europe) 265-300 million years ago!

Major city=Alleghany County

Feature=The "Great" vally (massive valley which is home to Blacksburg, VA (VA Tech located in this city.)
Appalachian Plataeu
A series of plateaus separated by wide valleys.
Area is called "the boot" because it resembles a boot.
Located in the Southwest portion of the state.
The blue ridge province is characterized by a narrow mountain range which lie north of Roanoke, VA. This is a older and more rugged line of mountains than the Rocky Mountains.
Take a look!
Skyline drive is
a tourist attraction that takes
you on a trip through the
Coastal Plains

CU- Upland subprovince: broad upland with low slopes and gentle drainage divides. Steep slopes develop where dissected by stream erosion. Elevation- 60'-250'.

CL- Lowland subprovince: flat, low-relief region along major rivers and near the Chesapeake Bay. Elevation- 0-60'.

BM- Barrier Islands & Salt Marshes: low, open areas covered with sediment and vegetation in direct proximity to the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Elevation 0'-15'.

F- Foothills subprovince: region with broad rolling hills and moderate slopes. Elevation 400'-1000' with peaks rising to 1500'-2500'.

ML- Mesozoic lowlands subprovince: region with modest relief and low slopes underlain by Mesozoic sedimentary and igneous rocks. Elevation 200'-400'.

OP- Outer Piedmont subprovince: broad upland with low to moderate slopes. Elevation 600'-1000' in west gradually diminishing to 250'- 300' in east.

Blue Ridge
nBR- northern Blue Ridge subprovince: rugged region with steep slopes narrow ridges, broad mountains, and high relief. Elevation 1500'-4200'.

sBR- southern Blue Ridge subprovince: broad upland plateau with moderate slopes. Elevation 2400'- 3000' with higher peaks rising above upland, including 5729' Mt. Rogers.

Valley & Ridge

RV- Ridge & Valley
subprovince: long linear ridges separated by linear valleys with trellis drainage pattern. Elevation- 1000'-4500'.

GV- Great Valley subprovince: broad valley with low to moderate slopes underlain by carbonate rocks. Elevation- 500'-1500' north of Roanoke, 1200'-2300' south of Roanoke.

M- Massanutten Mountain: Series of long linear ridges that rise to 3000' above the Great Valley.

Appalachian Plateau
-Additional Info-
AP- Rugged, well-dissected landscape with dendritic drainage pattern. Elevation- 1000'-3000' with High Knob rising to over 4000'.

SOL 7 a,b
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