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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. After looking at the first few slides, how many of the provinces can you name?. Do you know in which province we live?.

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the five physiographic provinces of virginia

Virginia Geology

The Five Physiographic Provinces of Virginia

after looking at the first few slides how many of the provinces can you name

After looking at the first few slides, how many of the provinces can you name?

Do you know in which province we live?

be sure to take good notes

Be sure to take good notes!

There will be a quiz at the end of this presentation.

the coastal plain runs from the fall line on the west to the atlantic ocean on the east
The Coastal Plain runs from the fall line on the west, to the Atlantic Ocean on the east
  • It is a terraced landscape
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Sand, silt and clay produced by erosion of the Appalachian Mts. covers the plain
  • As sea levels rose and fell, fossils were left at various layers
virginia fossils
Virginia Fossils
  • Fossils include various marine organisms like clams, scallops, sharks teeth, and other hard remains
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Virginia Fossils
  • Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic fossils are found in Virginia
facts about the va piedmont
Facts about the Va. Piedmont
  • 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 host one of the worlds largest kyanite mines

( see picture of kyanite )

blue ridge facts
Blue Ridge Facts
  • The billion year old igneous and metamorphic rocks are the oldest in the state
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Blue Ridge Facts
  • It is a high ridge separating the piedmont from the valley and ridge province
ready for a quick review
Ready for a quick review?
  • 1. Which province, that has already been described, is known for having layers of fossils?
quick review
Quick Review
  • 2. Which province is the largest?
  • 3. Which province has the oldest rocks?
  • 4. Which province has slate and kyanite mines?
let s see how you did
Let’s see how you did!
  • 1. Coastal Plain
  • 2. Piedmont
  • 3. Blue Ridge
  • 4. Piedmont
valley and ridge
Valley and Ridge
  • 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
  • What does karst mean?
  • Want some hints?
think you figured it out
Think you figured it out?
  • Karst is an irregular limestone region with sinks, underground streams, and caverns
  • The Valley and Ridge Province is famous for its caverns, can you name one?
appalachian plateau facts
Appalachian Plateau Facts
  • The Appalachian Plateau has rugged, irregular topography and is underlain by ancient, flat-lying sedimentary rocks
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Appalachian Plateau Facts
  • Do you notice any thing in these layers?
virginia coal
Virginia Coal
  • Most of Virginia's coal is found in the Appalachian Plateau.
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Virginia Coal
  • These old sedimentary rocks contain many fossils and tons of coal.
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Quiz Time

  • Let’s see how you do on this 10 question quiz.
  • Ready? Here we go!
questions
Questions!
  • 1.Which province is covered by sand, silt and clay?
  • 2.Which province has Cambrian algal fossils?
  • 3. This province has a terraced landscape.
more questions
More Questions!
  • 4. This province contains billion year old rocks.
  • 5. Which province is underlain by ancient ,flat-lying sedimentary rocks?
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More Questions!
  • 6. This province has rolling hills underlain by ancient rocks.
  • 7. What do we call an irregular limestone region with sink holes and caverns?
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More Questions!
  • 8. Which province is at the most western part of the state?( province #5 )
  • 9. Which province is the largest?
  • 10.Which province is famous for coal?
how did you do
How did you do?
  • Get ready and we’ll check your answers
  • Ready?
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

The Answers