Resources of Virginia - Mrs. Battistone`s Earth Science Class

Resources of Virginia
By 3rd Period
Introducing Virginia
Virginia has 5 different regions
and they are. . .
Coastal Plain
Blue Ridge
Valley & Ridge
Appalachian Plateau
Different Regions
Coastal Plain
Blue Ridge mountains
Valley & Ridge
Appalachian Plateau
Coastal Plain
The Coastal Plain is a large area of flat or gently rolling land that is bordered by a large area of water.
The piedmont region is mostly made up of rolling hills. The Blue Ridge mountains consist of
narrow string of thick forested mountains. The Valley and Ridge mountains are the most rugged of
Natural Resources
Natural Resources are materials found
in nature that can be used by people.
Virginia's main natural resources are:
Virginia's location , climate, & natural resources are what makes
it so attractive. Temperatures are warmer near the Atlantic
Ocean, & colder near the Blue Ridge. Virginia receives at
least 40 inches of rain each year. With all this rain it makes it
very easy to grow crops.
Coastal Plain
Location and Climate
Coastal Plain is the large area of flat land in
eastern Virginia. it borders the Atlantic
Ocean and includes the Chesapeake Bay.
The climate in Coastal Plain is temperate.
Summers in the region are humid. Winters
are mild.
Natural Resource / Geological
The key of natural resources is
water. Water makes industries
like fishing, shipping, and
tourism able. The biggest river
in the Coastal Plain is the
Potomac.Water is important
because they use it for some
many the like transportation.
Industry Harbors, ports, and
Several port cities surround the harbor at ham
roads, and each has an important history
ship- related .
Industry (related to Seafood and
Seafood is harvested from both the bay and
the Atlantic Ocean by people living in small
fishing villages on the Eastern Shore. The
Eastern Shore peninsula, is mainly an
agricultural region. The mild climate and
sandy soil is good for growing vegetables.
Farmers raise over 60 kinds of vegetables
and fruits there. Farmers in rural areas in
Hampton Roads produce peanuts, cotton,
vegetables, and grains. Nurseries grow
plants, shrubs, trees, and flowers shipped to
the East Coast
Piedmont Region !
Piedmont is a plateau located in the eastern
Piedmont Region
Some of Virginia's largest artificial lakes
have been built in the Piedmont Region.
Some of the water in Lake Gaston is used
for industry and irrigation.
Natural Resources
The fall line for the piedmont region contains
rivers that flow toward the Chesapeake bay.
These rivers are the James River, York
River, Potomac River, and Rappahannock
River. A fall line is a barrier to travel by
river west during colonial times.
They have power water mills from fast
textile mills were built in towns
coal, oil, and nuclear power is used to
make electricity today, in the past, they
have used water.
Blue Ridge Mountains
Geological History
The Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia start at
the Potomac River in the northeast.
The highest mountains in Virginia are in this
The Blue Ridge Mountains are more than 4,000
feet above sea level.
Mount Rogers, at 5,719 feet.
Stopped colonist from moving west for
more than 100 years, mountain ridges and
rough for wagons and horses to cross
Lands west of the Blue Ridge Mountains
(BRM) were mostly settled from the North
and through the difficult ways to cross the
BRM it was easier for people that lived in
lets go the valleys to arrive from the North
Industry (Cities)
-Jacksonville, Orlando, Miami, Tampa, and etc
are cities of the Blue Ridge Mountains. They
used land for grazing, farming and lumber
- The chestnut tree was very valuable, the
bark was used to soften leather.
- Chestnut trees were mainly built at the foot
of the mountains.
Industry(Natural/Park System)
They used land for grazing , farming and lumber
the chestnut tree was valuable
the material was used to soften
the land became very valuable
but in 1915 things got worse
Valley & Ridge
Topography and Geology
The Valley and Ridge region has many hills and
long ridges with valleys between them. The
land in this region used to be covered by
water. Fossils made limestone which
dissolves easily which caused many
sinkholes in this region. The land is fertile
and the weather doesn't change much.
During the summer the weather is around
seventy six degrees fahrenheit. During the
winter the temperature is around the midthirties because of the abundant amount of
snow. Rarely in this region does the
temperature becomes zero degrees
The Valley & Ridge has had
an important travel route since
prehistory. Early European
settlers used the the Great
valley by traveling south,
among the Shenandoah River.
Settlers from Pennsylvania
brought their families in simple
carts and carriages. They
followed the old Native
American trail and it was called
the Great Warrior Path..
Railroads are a big part of the success of
their industries after the Civil War.
Agriculture and business grew because of
railroads.Small towns grew around factories
that made clothing, furniture, etc. Railroads
take raw materials to these towns and then
bring products to the people in the towns
back to the stores.
Importance of higher ED
james madison university and the eastern mennonite university are are in
harrisonburg, and lexington is home two colleges.
Appalachian Plateau
The Appalachian Plateau is made of gaps,
ridges, and valleys that extend out into a
plateau towards Kentucky and Tennessee.
The Appalachian Plateau used to be a
swamp, causing plants to become squashed
between sand and rock, creating fossil fuels.
Large amounts of coal can be found in the
Appalachian Plateau region.
Coal-Creation/Location/Who worked
with it
Land was swampy. Plants were buried
under layers of sand and rock
Appalachian Plateau (Virginia)
Who worked with it
The Southwest Improvement Company
Coal- Where VA stands in exports
Virginia's transportation system moves raw
materials to factories and finished products
to markets.
Trains still move materials to markets.
Other Industry and Transportation In
The appalachian plateau region is also
home to lumber and agricultural industries.
Virginia's modern interstate transportation
system connects the Appalachian plateau to
the states other region.
Where does VA rank in nuclear
Virginia's nuclear power plants provided 38% of
the net electricity generation in 2011.
What role does Hydroelectric
energy play in Virginia?
It doesn't play a big role because only 14.6 btu
of Hydroelectric Power is Consumed;
Compared to the Net Interstate flow of
electricity 534.8
btu= unit of electricity.
What role does Biomass energy play
in Virginia?
In 2011, 5.1% of VA's net electricity
generation came from renewable energy.
Over half of that was energy biomass.
What are some other things that VA's doing
to encourage renewable use of renewable
Virginia's RPS (Renewable Portfolio
Standard) encourages investors to obtain a
piece of electricity sold in Virginia from
renewable resources.
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