Exploring Our World: People, Places, and Cultures

Chapter 4: Physical Geography of the United States and Canada

Student Web Activity

"The Piedmont"

In this chapter, students will study the various landforms that make up the physical geography of the United States and Canada. The eastern United States, for example, contains a long plateau of rolling hills called the Piedmont. This region, which falls between the Atlantic Coast and the Appalachian Mountains, extends from northeastern New Jersey to central Alabama and has provided rich agricultural land for hundreds of years. Students will access a National Park Service Web site to read about continuing efforts to preserve the historical character and scenic beauty of a portion of this unique American region.

Destination Title: National Park Service

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Start at the National Park Service home page

  • Click inside the Search box.
  • Type “Piedmont"
  • Find and click on Preserving the Piedmont.

After you have read through the information, answer the questions below.

What makes the Virginia Piedmont unique?
How old are some of the Piedmont’s historic sites?
Why are some portions of the Virginia Piedmont being lost?
What is being done to preserve the Virginia Piedmont?
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