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The Five Physiographic Provinces of Virginia The Five Provinces Virginia is divided into provinces based on their geologic formations Coastal Plain 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 • Fossils include various marine organisms like clams, scallops, sharks teeth and other hard remains 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 • High quality slate is mined from this area • The Piedmont hosts one of the worlds largest kyanite mines Blue Ridge Mountains • 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 Ready for a quick review? 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? Let’s see how you did! Coastal Plain Piedmont Blue Ridge Piedmont Valley and Ridge Province • The Valley and Ridge Province is an area of long parallel ridges and valleys underlain by ancient folded and faulted sedimentary rocks Cambrian fossil algal structures are found in the V&R Province Limestone outcrops are common in the Valley and Ridge Province This area is also famous for Karst Karst is an irregular limestone region with sinks, underground streams, and caverns Sink holes & Caves Appalachian Plateau • 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 1.Which province is covered by sand, silt and clay? 2.Which province has Cambrian algal fossils? This province has a terraced landscape This province contains billion year old rocks Which province is underlain by ancient ,flat-lying sedimentary rocks? This province has rolling hills underlain by ancient rocks What we call an irregular limestone region with sink holes and caverns? Which province is at the most western part of the state Which province is the largest? 10.Which province is famous for coal? The Answers Coastal Plain Valley and Ridge Coastal Plain Blue Ridge Appalachian Plateau Piedmont 7.Karst Appalachian Plateau Piedmont 10 Appalachian Plateau [...]... sinks, underground streams, and caverns Sink holes & Caves Appalachian Plateau • 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 1.Which province is covered by sand, silt and clay? 2.Which province has Cambrian algal fossils? 3 This province
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