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Title: Virginia Resources


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Virginia Resources
  • SOL 4.8

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SOL 4.8 The student will investigate and
understand important Virginia natural resources
  • Watershed and water resources
  • Animals and plants
  • Minerals, rocks, ores, and energy sources and
  • Forests, soil, and land

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Virginia Resources
  • Virginia is rich in a wide variety of natural
    resources including forests, farmable land, coal,
    sand and rocks, wildlife and aquatic organisms,
    clean water and air, and beautiful scenery.

4
Virginia Forests
  • Forests are a widespread resource in
    Virginia. They provide thousands of wood
    products, provide habitat for wildlife, and help
    cleanse the air.

5
Virginia Farm Land- Plants
  • Virginia farms produce a wide variety of
    products. These include tobacco, peanuts,
    cotton, soybeans, and corn.

6
Virginia Farm Land-Plants
  • Soybeans are used for oil, animal feed, ink,
    crayons, and as a source of protein in many foods.

7
Virginia Farm Land- Aquatic
  • Virginia fishermen harvest oysters, blue crab,
    and millions of pounds of fish!

8
Virginia Farm Land-Animals
  • Chickens are Virginias most valuable
    agricultural product, and Virginia hams and pork
    products are famous around the world! Only hams
    produced in Smithfield, VA can be called
    Smithfield hams.

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Virginia Farm Land-Animals
  • Virginia has 1.7 million head of cattle. Beef
    is the second leading commodity in the
    commonwealth. Dairy cows provide Virginias
    third largest commodity.

10
Virginia Soil
  • Pamunkey soil is the state soil of Virginia.
    The James River crosses the entire state and
    carries soil from all areas, which it deposits on
    what are called the flood plains, or low -lying
    areas. These soils are made up of sediments from
    all over the state.

James River
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Virginia Soil
  • The soil is called Pamunkey soil after the
    Pamunkey River, which in turn was named after an
    Indian tribe that lives along the river to this
    day.

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Virginia Soil
  • Pamunkey soils were first identified on a farm
    near Jamestown, VA which is known as the oldest
    tilled farm in the United States.

Pamunkey River
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Virginia Coal
  • Virginia coal is a sedimentary rock made from
    the compaction of ancient plant material. It is
    known as a fossil fuel. It provides heat and
    energy.

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Virginia Coal
  • The first coal mines in Virginia were
    developed in the early 1700s, as the Richmond
    area was settled by European immigrants.

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Virginia Coal
  • Now much of Virginias coal is mined in the
    Appalachian Plateau and is shipped by train to
    power plants on the Ohio River, or to three major
    ports -Charleston, South Carolina, Norfolk, or
    Newport News.

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Virginia Coal
  • Short trips are less expensive, and for the
    mines in far southwestern Virginia near
    Cumberland Gap, Charleston is closer than the two
    Virginia ports.

17
Virginia Minerals
  • Virginias mineral resources include
    limestone, granite, and sand and gravel, as well
    as coal.

Limestone
Granite
Sand and Gravel
Coal
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Virginia Minerals
  • Limestone and Granite are used for
    construction purposes.

Limestone
Granite
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Virginia Minerals
  • Sand and gravel have also been used as
    construction materials in concrete, road base,
    and as fill.

20
Virginia Watersheds
  • A watershed is an area over which surface
    water (and the materials it carries) flows to a
    single collection place. The Chesapeake Bay
    watershed covers approximately half of Virginias
    land area.

21
Virginia Watersheds
  • The other two major watershed systems are the
    Gulf of Mexico and the North Carolina Sounds.

North Carolina Sounds
Gulf of Mexico
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Virginia Watersheds
  • Virginias water resources include
    groundwater, lakes, reservoirs, rivers, bays and
    the Atlantic Ocean

23
Virginia Resources
  • Virginias soil and land support a great
    variety of life, provide space for many economic
    activities, and offer a variety of recreational
    opportunities.

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