Coastal Plains Region • Georgia’s largest region • Located in South Georgia
Coastal Plains RegionLandforms • The Coastal Plain Region has flat land with no steep hills where farms and orchards can be found. • This region also includes swamps, such as, the Okefenokee Swamp. • Along Georgia’s coast, the land consists of sand, sand dunes, and clay.
Coastal Plains RegionClimate • The climate of the Coastal Plain Region is mild, with hot summers and cool winters. • Mild winters with no snow • Along the coast, breezes blow from the Atlantic Ocean. • Hurricanes sometimes hit the state. A hurricane is a strong windstorm that forms over the ocean. They can cause heavy damage when they reach land.
Coastal RegionPlants, Crops and Other Natural Resources • Plains Area Consists of rich sandy soil that is good for growing peanuts, sweet potatoes, tobacco, watermelons, pecans, peaches, corn, sweet Vidalia onions, sugar cane and cotton.
Coastal Plains RegionPlants, Crops and Other Natural Resources • Coastal Area -Fresh Seafood (shrimp, fish, oysters, crabs) -Ports -Sand and seashells -Live Oak Tree, Georgia’s State Tree, with long, stringy moss that hangs down from the branches. (Savannah, Georgia is a prime location to view these magnificent trees.)
Coastal RegionWildlife • Plains Area Deer, raccoons, coyotes, armadillos and more • Swamp/Marsh Area Alligators, herons, and many kinds of snakes
Coastal Region Wildlife • Coastal Area -Seagulls, crabs, clams, shrimp, lobster, dolphins, sharks, sea turtles and more. -Wild horses run freely on the seashores of Cumberland Island.
Coastal Plains RegionLocal Attractions Okefenokee Swamp • The Okefenokee Swamp is in southeastern Georgia. • One of the country’s largest swamps. • You can find wildlife such as alligators, snakes, and herons.
Cumberland Islands • The Cumberland Island is off the Georgia Coast. • Many vacationers visit year-round to see the Island’s natural beauties and wild horses roaming freely.
The Piedmont Region • Piedmont means “foot of the mountain.” • The Piedmont Region is located in the middle section of Georgia. It is north of the Coastal Plains Region. • The Piedmont Region is the second largest region, and it is the state’s most heavily populated region. Many major cities are located in the Piedmont Region. The capital of Georgia, Atlanta, is located in this region.
Piedmont RegionLandforms • The regions consists mainly of rolling hills, with many valleys. • In some areas, the hills are tall and look almost like mountains. • Many streams and rivers flow through the Piedmont Region.
Piedmont RegionClimate • The climate during winter is not as cold as the climate in the northern regions of Georgia. • Snow is rare in winter. • Summers are hot and humid with many thunderstorms.
Piedmont RegionPlants, Crops, and Other Natural Resources • Hardwood • Pine Trees • Marble • Streams and Rivers • Granite
Piedmont RegionWildlife • Deer • Raccoons • Coyotes • Foxes • Squirrels • Groundhogs • Other Wildlife Exists
Piedmont RegionLocal Attractions Atlanta Zoo
Amicalola Falls State Park • Amicalola Falls means “tumbling water” in Cherokee language. • Amicalola Falls is located in Pickens County. Amicalola Falls is at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountain Region. • Amicalola Falls is Georgia’s highest waterfall.
Valley and Ridge RegionLandforms • The Valley and Ridge Region has long parallel ridges overlooking wide, rolling valleys. Standing and looking from a valley’s point of view, the ridges appear to be mountains. • Many valley floors are used for farming and for pasture land.
Valley and Ridge RegionClimate • The Valley and Ridge Region receives a cooler climate in the winter months and a warm climate during the summer months. • Light snow and ice may occur sporadically during the winter months.
Valley and Ridge RegionPlants, Crops, and Other Natural Resources • A variety of crops can successfully grow in the Valley and Ridge Region. The crops include: corn, soybeans, wheat, and cotton. • The soil is rich and well suited for farmland. • Much of the land is used for pasture and harvesting hardwood and pine timber.
Valley and Ridge RegionWildlife • Foxes • Deer • Raccoons • Squirrels • Groundhogs • Coyotes • Bobcats • Rabbits
Valley and Ridge RegionLocal Attractions Etowah Indian Mounds
New Echota • In the 1820s New Echota was the capital of the Cherokee Nation. • The Cherokee Indians formed laws at New Echota. • The Cherokee Tribe created their own written alphabet, and the Cherokee published it. The newspaper was created by a printing press. The paper was called the Cherokee Phoenix. • The New Echota is now a state historic site.
Appalachian Plateau Region • The smallest region located in the northwestern tip of Georgia
Appalachian Plateau RegionLandforms • A plateau is an area of flat or gently sloping land that rises high over valleys and low-lying areas.
Appalachian Plateau RegionClimate • Colder climate in the winter months • Warm, nice summers
Appalachian Plateau RegionPlants, Crops and Other Natural Resources • Sedimentary rock • Sandstone • Limestone • Hardwood forest • Pasture land • Coal • Forests • Rhododendrons • Native azaleas • Mountain Laurel
Appalachian Plateau RegionWildlife • Foxes • Deer • Raccoons • Squirrels • Groundhogs • Coyotes • Bobcats • Rabbits • Mountain Lions
Appalachian Plateau RegionLocal Attractions Look Out Mountain
Blue Ridge Mountains Region • The Blue Ridge Region is in the northeastern portion of Georgia. • Highest elevations in Georgia
Blue Ridge Mountains RegionLandforms • The Blue Ridge Mountains consists of mountains, ridges, and basins. • The Blue Ridge Mountain Region is a part of the Appalachian Mountains that stretches northward to southern Pennsylvania. • Many large rivers begin in the Blue Ridge Mountains. (Chattahoochee and Savannah Rivers)
Blue Ridge Mountains RegionClimate • Cool winters with greater chances of snow fall • Mild summers
Blue Ridge Mountains RegionPlants, Crops and Other Natural Resources • There is not as much farmland in the Blue Ridge Mountains Region because of the mountains and valleys. • Hardwood timber • Mountain Laurel • Azaleas • Apples • Gold and Gems • Streams and rivers
Blue Ridge Mountains RegionWildlife • Black Bears • Deer • Foxes • Coyotes • Mountain Lions • Bobcats • Raccoons • Wild turkey • Trout
Blue Ridge Mountains RegionLocal Attractions Brass Town Bald • Georgia’s Highest peak. • Sight seers can hike up the mountain and see North Carolina and South Carolina (two states that border Georgia).
Dahlonega Gold Mines • Pan for Gold! Go to the following website for animated details: www.consolidatedgoldmine.com/aboutus.asp?ID=1