Land Cover of the Appalachians & Ohio River Valley
The Appalachians and Ohio River system make a diagonal swath that
occupies the greater part of the eastern United States. Sediments shed
by successive generations of Appalachian uplift form a 500-mile wide belt on either side of the currently remaining
mountain ridges, from south of Birmingham into New England.
reflected in more or less parallel successive bands of wetlands, pine
forests, farmlands, deciduous forests, and grasslands, and in the
alignment of metro areas that followed these.
This regional map shows the full width of the range and its flanking
piedmont and plateau regions, from the Atlantic Coast to the
Mississippi. It includes the southern portions of the Great Lakes
states, New York, and western New England; most of Mississippi, Alabama,
and Georgia; all of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey,
Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Tennessee, and
Dimensions: All dimensions are approximate