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6 Physical Regions of Tennessee Gulf Coastal Plain • Extends from Florida to parishes of Louisiana, over most of Mississippi, some of western Tennessee and Kentucky, southern 2/3 of Alabama, and the western panhandle of Florida and southern Texas 6 Physical Regions of Tennessee Gulf Coastal Plain • Flat topography • Lowest elevation in the state • Runs from the Mississippi River to the Tennessee River • Includes Memphis 6 Physical Regions of Tennessee Highland Rim • Rolling Hills that surround the Central Basin • Higher elevation (than flat Gulf coast Plains) • Here you can see the Highland Rim from Central Basin 6 Physical Regions of Tennessee Highland Rim • On the west the Highland Rim starts at the Tennessee River • Largest Physical Region • It goes around the Central (or Nashville) Basin • Includes Clarksville • In the east the Highland Rim stops at the higher Cumberland Plateau 6 Physical Regions of Tennessee Central Basin • Also known as the Nashville Basin (includes Nashville) • Lower elevation and completed surrounded by the Highland Rim • Extends 40 to 60 miles east & 80 miles south of Nashville • Made up mostly of limestone 6 Physical Regions of Tennessee Cumberland Plateau • Higher elevation than the Highland Rim that maxes out at around 1,000 feet above sea level • Some parts of the Plateau in Kentucky are over 4,000 feet above sea level • If you are heading from Nashville to Knoxville on I-40 you ascend into the Cumberland Plateau after you pass Cookeville 6 Physical Regions of Tennessee Great Valley of TN • Series of valleys divided by ridges and low hills • The Tennessee River is formed in this region • Cities in the region include: Knoxville, Chattanooga 6 Physical Regions of Tennessee Unaka Mountains • Also known as the Blue Ridge Mountains • Southern mountain range of the Appalachian Mountains • Contains the Great Smokey Mountains • Has peaks over 4,000 and some over 6,000 6 Physical Regions of Tennessee Unaka Mountains • Rugged terrain • Rushing streams • Heavily forested slopes • Difficult to farm • Great Smokey Mountains established in the 1930s – Over 9 million tourists a year 6 Physical Regions of Tennessee • 1) What are the 6 Physical Regions of TN? • 2) What physical region is the largest in TN? • 3) What physical region surrounds the Central Basin? • 4) What physical region is home to the Great Smokey Mountains? • 5) Clarksville is in which Division? Which Region?
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