Tennessee. The Geography of Tennessee. Its boundaries touch eight of its sister states. They are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi , Missouri, North Carolina, and Virginia. Tennessee is 34 th in size of all the states in the nation. The Geography of Tennessee.
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The Unaka Mountains
Also known as the Great Smoky Mountains
Clingman’s Dome is the Unakas’ highest point
Cade’s Cove is located in this region
East Tennessee Valley and Ridge
Immediately west of the Unaka Mountains
Series of valleys and ridges
The Cumberland Plateau
Its settlement came late.
The northeast border of the plateau, where Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia meet, is known as the Cumberland Gap (1,200 ft).
The Highland Rim
This is the largest region.
Is a geographic term for the area in Tennessee surrounding the Central Basin.
The Central Basin
Shaped like the bottom of a bowl.
This is the smallest region.
Most fertile soil in the state.
Coastal Plain of West Tennessee
Between Tennessee and Mississippi Rivers.
Agricultural heart of the state.
Divided into two times zones.
All of East Tennessee, lies in the Eastern Time Zone.
The rest of the state is in the Central Time Zone.
Moderate climate. Summers are not excessively hot, nor are winters exceedingly cold.
Average rainfall is 40 to 50 inches a year.
Average annual snowfall is 8 inches.