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.
The Neoproterozoic Lynchburg Group is a thick sequence of metasedimentary rocks exposed in the eastern Blue Ridge from northern to south-central Virginia. These deposits range from coarse-grained conglomerate to fine-grained mudstone.
Mount Rogers is the highest peak in Virginia, with its summit 1,746 meters above sea level (5,729 ft). The peak is located in the Blue Ridge province in southwestern Virginia on the border between Grayson and Smyth counties. Mount Rogers is underlain by Neoproterozoic rhyolite. The upper reaches of the mountain are cloaked in alpine forests of red […]
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 […]