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Our State Geography in a Snap: The Piedmont Region

Reprinted with permission from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction website.

See also:
Extended entry on the Piedmont (from NC Atlas Revisited)
Extended entry on the Piedmont (from the Encyclopedia of North Carolina)

Related Entries: Raleigh; Greensboro; Settlement of the Piedmont; Mountains; Coastal Plain; Regional Vegetation

North Carolina Piedmont Counties

The Piedmont is the middle region of the state, located between the Coastal Plain and the Mountain regions. Piedmont is a French word meaning "foot of the mountain." The elevations of this region range from about 300 feet in the western Coastal Plain to about 1,500 feet near the mountains. The boundary between the Coastal Plain and the Piedmont is called the fall line or fall zone. Along this are, rivers flow from the older, harder rocks of the Piedmont to the softer rocks of the coastal Plain. Along the fall line, rivers form shoals, low waterfalls, and rapids. Below the fall line, streams are usually sluggish and smooth-flowing. Above the fall line, the streams are rocky and shallow, making boating difficult. The land of the Piedmont is called a plateau because it is high and mostly flat.

 

Sources:

"Social Studies:: Elementary Resouces:: Student Sampler:: Geography," North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Website. https://www.dpi.nc.gov/ (accessed March 27, 2012).

Video Credit:

"Scenic Flight: Fall Colors of North Carolina (Ashboro)," video courtesy Sprasad007, of uploaded on October 30, 2010, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuPyeQZXRTI (accessed March 27, 2012).

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What kind of soil is there

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Hi Grant!

Thank you for your question! There are several types of soil in North Carolina, but I beleve one that is prevalent in the Piedmont region is cecil soil. You can read more about it here: https://www.soils4teachers.org/files/s4t/k12outreach/nc-state-soil-bookl...

That document also points out some additional resources about soil that might be helpful. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact our library: https://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/contact-us#government-and-heritage-library. Best wishes!

Taylor Thompson, Government & Heritage Library

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Could you post some topographic maps and geologic Maps?

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Hello,

You can find some topographic maps for the state at https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/energy-mineral-land-resources/north-c.... This site is with the state's Department of Environmental Quality agency.  They also have some interactive geological maps at https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/energy-mineral-land-resources/north-c....

Hope this helps!

Erin Bradford, Government and Heritage Library

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I found those links very helpful. I was looking for high detail maps I can zoom in and out from in Acrobat Reader. Those fit what I was seeking. Thanks!

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doesent help at allllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hello all, 

This article is meant as an introductory. Click on the links for the different regions to learn more about the Coastal Plain, Piedmont, and Mountain regions. Those links will go to other NCpedia articles that will include more information. 

Erin Bradforde, Government and Heritage Library

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I totally agree, I barley see and information on this website.

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I totally agree not helpful

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exactly. give more information or something. at least a video of information we need to know about the piedmont region.

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