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Appalachian Plateau Region. GA’s smallest physiographic region Climate: Cooler because of the mountains Economy: tourism, forestry Location: NW corner of GA Features: Limestone caves, deep canyons, & rock formations Lookout Mountain, Sand Mountain, Chickamauga

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appalachian plateau region
Appalachian Plateau Region
  • GA’s smallest physiographic region
  • Climate: Cooler because of the mountains
  • Economy: tourism, forestry
  • Location: NW corner of GA
  • Features: Limestone caves, deep canyons, & rock formations

Lookout Mountain, Sand Mountain, Chickamauga

  • Soil: Limestone, shale, & sandstone
ridge valley region
Ridge & Valley Region
  • Location: between the Blue Ridge Mountains & Appalachian Plateau
  • Climate: warmer than mountains
  • Soil: Limestone & clay in valleys, Sandstone & shale on ridges
  • Economy: Farming (apples & cattle) & carpet industry
  • Features: Dalton (Carpet capital of the world)
blue ridge region
Blue Ridge Region
  • Climate: Mountains provide much of the state’s precipitation (cooler)
  • Location: Northeastern part of state
  • Features: GA’s highest & largest group of mountains, Brasstown Bald (highest point), Helen, GA & Amicalola falls
  • Soils: sandy loam & clay
  • Economy: tourism, forestry, vegetable farming, apple farming
piedmont plateau
Piedmont Plateau
  • Climate: mild winters; hot, humid summers
  • Location: from the mountain foothills and goes to central part of state (fall line)
  • Economy: industry, tourism, & some farming
  • Soil: Red clay & granite base
  • Features: Chattahoochee, Flint, Oconee, & Ocmulgee rivers

Atlanta, Athens, Stone Mountain, Kennesaw MTN

coastal plain region
Coastal Plain Region
  • Climate: mild winters; hot, humid summers
  • Economy: Farming (peanut, soybean, corn, & pecans)
  • Location: from Piedmont (fall line) to coast of GA
  • Soil: Varies from Limestone to clay
  • Features: Barrier islands, wetlands, Okefenokee Swamp, Savannah, Continental Shelf, Naval Stores & pulp production
barrier islands
Barrier Islands
  • Spanish Explorers called them “islands of gold”
  • Protect beaches by blocking sand, winds, & water that could erode coastline
  • 2/3’s remain wilderness areas
  • Recreation & seafood gathering as well as tourism