The Fall Zone delineates the boundary between the Coastal Plain and the Piedmont. Here rivers draining the Piedmont drop steeply to sea level and in the process form dramatic rapids.
In Virginia the Appalachian Plateau province is not particularly ‘plateau-like’, rather the region is characterized by rugged topography and steep slopes. It is a well-dissected upland, and streams draining the region have a classic dendritic drainage pattern. The featured image of Buchanan County (and the surrounding areas of Kentucky and West Virginia) is a shaded relief map […]
Many of the highest peaks in Shenandoah National Park (including Hawksbill, Stony Man, and Hightop Mountain, just to name a few) are underlain by distinctive bluish-green rocks that were once ancient lava flows (Virginia is for Lavas!), and are part of a geologic unit known as the Catoctin Formation. From the presidential retreat at Camp David to Jefferson’s […]