Exploring North Carolina:  Geography, Geology & Climate

Introductory resources on North Carolina Geography & Geology

North Carolina's Regions

North Carolina Climate & Weather

Scenic views in the Babel Tower Gorge, Linville River, NC. September 1919. From the collections of the North Carolina Museum of History.  Used courtesy of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

Introductory resources on North Carolina Geography & Geology (selected entries)

Geography: Introduction (to 4-part series)

Our State Geography in a Snap!

Three Regions Overview
The Coastal Plain
The Piedmont Region
The Mountain Region
Bodies of Water
Interesting Places

Rivers and River Basins

North Carolina Rivers
Cape Fear River
Catawba River
French Broad River
Neuse River
New River
Roanoke River
Yadkin-Pee Dee River
Interactive river map/river basin resources from the N.C. Dept. of Environmental Quality

North Carolina Geologic History

Geological Survey
Geologic History
The Natural History of North Carolina (K-12)
Fall Line
Caves and Caverns
North Carolina Rivers
Slate Belt

North Carolina's State Boundaries

State Boundaries
History of the Dividing Line
Separation of the Carolinas
Formation of Tennessee

North Carolina's Regions (selected entries)North Carolina's Regions

Coastal Plain and Sandhills Region

The Cradle of North Carolina: Coastal Plain and Sandhills
Great Dismal Swamp
Lake Matamuskeet
Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve
Outer Banks

Link to Geologic Survey of North Carolina.  From the USGS, NCDENR.The Piedmont Region

The Piedmont Region: Economic Center of the State
Piedmont Urban Crescent
The Piedmont
Fall Line
Cape Fear River
Neuse River
Pilot Mountain

The Mountains

Rugged Beauty and Age-Old Culture: The Mountain Region
Appalachian Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
Catawba River
French Broad River
Granfather Mountain
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Mt. Mitchell
New River
Yadkin-Pee Dee River

North Carolina Climate & Weather (selected entries)

Climate and Weather in a Snap!
Climate and Weather Overview
Climate and Weather (3-part entry)
Gulf Stream
Isothermal Belt
Year Without a Summer
Seasoning Period
Banner Isom Miller

See more NCpedia articles on Weather and Climate

Educator Resources:

Grade 8: Exploring NC’s Government and Environment with The Lorax. North Carolina Civic Education Consortium. http://civics.sites.unc.edu/files/2012/05/NCGovtEnvironmentLorax.pdf

Grade 8: North Carolina Geography. North Carolina Civic Education Consortium. http://civics.sites.unc.edu/files/2012/05/NCGeography.pdf

Image Credits:

[Scenic views in the Babel Tower Gorge, Linville River, NC.] Photograph. September 1919. Item H.1919.35.3From the collections of the North Carolina Museum of History.  (accessed May 29, 2015).

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