Alabama Alabama Capital is Montgomery Alabama landforms In the north and north- eastern part of the state the land is hilly and mountainous. The central, west and southwestern part area is covered by grassland plains. There are several important mountain ranges such as the Appalachian Mountains that extend the northern part of the state. The southern part of the state is considered a coastal plain that fronts the Gulf of Mexico. Alabama Climate Alabama climate is warm and humid. This results from the mid latitude location and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. The location also produces dangerous weather as well that brings about tornadoes and hurricanes across the state. Major Industries/Natural Resources in Alabama Agriculture (corn, cotton, soybeans, peanuts, livestock, and poultry) Mining (iron ore, limestone, and coal) Hydroelectric power Steel Major Cities in Alabama Birmingham Mobile Montgomery Huntsville Tuscaloosa National Parks in Alabama There are no Horseshoe Bend National Military Park national parks in Albama. However there are some national historic sites like: Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Horseshoe Bend Site National Military Park Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site Major rivers or warterways in Alabama Alabama River Tennessee River Chattahoochee River Tombigbee River State nickname(s) Alabama has two state nicknames: “Heart of Dixie” Why? Montgomery was the first capital of the Confederate States during the Civil War. “Yellowhammer State” Why? Also goes back to the Civil War. A group of Alabama soldiers wore uniforms trimmed in yellow cloth. It also is the nickname for the Alabama State bird (Northern Flicker Woodpecker) Interesting Facts: Alabama introduced Mardi Gras to the western world. Alabama workers built the first rocket that put humans on the moon. Baseball player Henry Louis (Hank) Aaron was born in Mobile in 1934. Mississippi Mississippi Capital is Jackson Mississippi Landforms Mississippi sits between two lowland plains the Mississippi Plain in the west (or Delta) and the Gulf Coastal Plain in the east. Central Mississippi is hilly. The states highest point is Woodall Mountain which stands 806ft. Mississippi Climate Mississippi has short winters and long hot humid summers. Just like Alabama, Mississippi’s location often produces dangerous weather. Major Industries/Natural Resources There are five major industries in Mississippi: Services (ex) casinos Manufacturing (ex) meat packing Agriculture Mining Fishing Natural Resources: Timber Natural gas Oil water Major Cities in Mississippi Jackson Gulfport Meridian Hattiesburg Tupelo Vicksburg National Parks in Mississippi There are no national parks in Mississippi. However there are some national historic sites: Natchez Trace Parkway Tupelo National Battlefield Vicksburg National Military Park Major Rivers or waterways Mississippi River Tombigbee River Pearl River State Nickname Mississippi is often Referred to as the Magnolia State. The State flower is the Magnolia blossom. Interesting Facts Mississippi has more state tree farms than any other state The Teddy Bear’s name originated after former president Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot an exhausted and dangerous bear.
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