A Geography of the Carolinas by D. Gordon Bennett, Jeffrey C. Patton

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These counties represent the five physiographic regions—the Tidewater (Beaufort County, SC), the Coastal Plain (Bertie County, NC), the Sandhills (Kershaw County, SC), the 40 Piedmont (Guilford County, NC), and the Blue Ridge Province (Haywood County, NC). While there are general similarities among climate, vegetation, and soils in the five counties, a variety of broad-scale forces create differences among them. Local causes, such as relief, drainage and geologic history result in variation within each county.

_____. 1986. Processes and Rates of Saprolite Production and Erosion on a Foliated Granitic Rock of the Virginia Piedmont. In Rates of Chemical Weathering of Rocks and Minerals, eds. S. M. Colman and D. P. Deither, New York: Academic Press, 551590. Prouty, W. F. 1952. Carolina Bays and Their Origin. Bulletin of the Geological Society of America, 63: 167-224. Rodgers, J. 1970. The Tectonics of the Appalachians. New York: John Wiley & Sons. Ross, T. E. 1996. Carolina Bays: Coastal Plain Enigma. In Snapshots of the Carolinas: Landscapes and Cultures, ed.

It extends from Virginia to Alabama and clearly separates the Blue Ridge from the Piedmont. The degree to which the rock has been crushed, and the extent of its depth and width, testifies to the incredible power and movement that created this thrust fault (Murphy, 1995). Triassic Basins Eventually, Gondwanaland and Laurentia sutured together, forming the great supercontinent Pangea III. Pangea III lasted some 100 million years and then began to split apart, starting some 250 million years ago during the Triassic Age.

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