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SOL 4.9 Virginia's
Transcript of SOL 4.9 Virginia's
Virginia has a variety of natural resources
forests and arable land (farmland)
coal, sand, rocks
wildlife and aquatic organisms
clean air and water
Virginians must learn to protect its resources, especially our watersheds
But, what is a watershed?
Humans have impacted our largest watershed, the Chesapeake Bay in many ways. Not all of them have been good.
Why is important to save this ecosystem?
The Chesapeake Bay watershed covers about 1/2 of Virginia's land area. The other two watershed systems are called the Gulf of Mexico and the North Carolina Sounds. All of Virginia's waters flow into these bodies of water.
Think about this:
What does "We all live downstream" mean?
Virginia has widespread natural and cultivated forests.
You can find Flowering Dogwoods, Southern Red Oaks, and Sassafras trees in our landscape.
Virginia's has many water resources such as rivers, lakes, waterfalls, and streams.
There is also the York, Rappahannock,
Smith Mtn Lake
Lake Moomaw and Philpott Lake are 2 more examples
There are lumber companies and sawmills located in Virginia that both use and care for our forests.
Virginia has many mineral resources
Ores such as copper, iron, and lead are turned into metals
Limestone, granite, sand, and gravel are important economic resources that provide revenue and employment to Virginians. They are often used in construction of new homes and businesses.
Coal is Virginia's most valuable mineral resource. Virginia is one the top 10 producers of coal in the country.
Virginia is home to an abundance of creatures
Luna moths and Zebra Swallowtail
Atlantic sturgeon, striped bass, flounder
American oysters and blue crabs
Black ducks, spotted sandpiper, great egret
Fox squirrel, Appalachian cottontail, and
Virginia big-eared bat
Endangered species: Shenandoah salamander and the loggerhead sea turtle
These are just a few of the many species that live in Virginia.
Virginia's soil and land support a great variety of life, provides space for many economic activities, and offers a variety if recreational opportunities.