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Virginia Geology. The Five Physiographic Provinces of Virginia. The Five Provinces. Virginia is divided into 5 provinces based on their geologic formations. Coastal Plain. from the fall line (outside Richmond) on the west to the Atlantic Ocean on the east.

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the five physiographic provinces of virginia

Virginia Geology

The Five Physiographic Provinces of Virginia

from the fall line outside richmond on the west to the atlantic ocean on the east
from the fall line (outside Richmond) on the west to the Atlantic Ocean on the east
  • It is a terraced landscape of sedimentary rock
  • Sand, silt and clay produced by erosion of the Appalachian Mts. covers the plain
virginia fossils
Virginia Fossils
  • Fossils include various marine organisms like clams, scallops, sharks teeth and other hard remains
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It is an area of rolling hills underlain by ancient igneous and metamorphic rock
  • It is the largest of the provinces
mining the piedmont
Mining the Piedmont
  • High quality slate is mined from this area
  • The Piedmont hosts one of the worlds largest kyanite mines
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The billion year old igneous and metamorphic rocks are the oldest in the state
  • It is a high ridge separating the piedmont from the valley and ridge province
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  • Which province is known for having layers of fossils?
  • Which province is the largest?
  • Which province has the oldest rocks?
  • Which province has slate and kyanite mines?
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1. Coastal Plain

2. Piedmont

3. Blue Ridge

4. Piedmont

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The Valley and Ridge Province is an area of long parallel ridges and valleys underlain by ancient folded and faulted sedimentary rocks
this area is also famous for karst
This area is also famous for Karst

Karst is an irregular limestone region with sinks, underground streams, and caverns

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The Appalachian Plateau has rugged, irregular topography and is underlain by ancient, flat-lying sedimentary rocks.
  • Most of Virginia's coal is found in the Appalachian Plateau.
  • Fossils are also found within the layers
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1.Which province is covered by sand, silt and clay?

2.Which province has Cambrian algal fossils?

3. This province has a terraced landscape.

4. This province contains billion year old rocks.

5. Which province is underlain by ancient ,flat-lying sedimentary rocks?

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6. This province has rolling hills underlain by ancient rocks.

7. What do we call an irregular limestone region with sink holes and caverns?

8. Which province is at the most western part of the state

9. Which province is the largest?

10.Which province is famous for coal?

the answers
The Answers

1. Coastal Plain

2. Valley and Ridge

3. Coastal Plain

4. Blue Ridge

5. Appalachian Plateau

6. Piedmont

7.Karst

8. Appalachian Plateau

9. Piedmont

10. Appalachian Plateau