Matthew_McCoy_Week_5_Assignment

Matthew_McCoy_Week_5_Assignment - M atthew McCoy GEOG201...

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Matthew McCoy GEOG201 Week 2 Assignment Dr. Russell Graves February 22, 2011 Chapter 8, Review Question #1 (page 163). What are the three major physiographic provinces in Appalachia? What are the criteria for this regional scheme? The three major physiographic provinces in Appalachia are the Blue Ridge, the Ridge and Valley, and the Appalachian Plateau. The Blue Ridge is the Appalachians’ eastern-most topographic belt. Changes in elevation between the Piedmont and the Blue Ridge are usually abrupt and substantial, and the human geography is different as well with the arrival of Europeans being quite different. (Birdsall, Palka, Malinowski, & Price, 2009, p. 149). West of the Blue Ridge lies the Appalachians’ Ridge and Valley section. The Ridge and Valley is the easternmost portion of a great expanse of sedimentary rock beds lying between the Blue Ridge and the Rocky Mountains. The Ridge and Valley is about 50 miles wide on average. Intervening valleys several miles wide lie between the ridges (Birdsall, Palka, Malinowski, & Price, 2009, p. 149).
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