Physiographic Regions of Georgia (2016) by Georgia Public BroadcastingGeorgia Public Broadcasting
South of the Piedmont lies the Coastal Plain, a vast area of flat land adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean. This region is separated from the Piedmont by the Fall Line and is characterized by unique features that mark it as a distinct region.
Coastal Plain Region Map (2015) by Georgia Public BroadcastingGeorgia Public Broadcasting
The Coastal Plain is Georgia's southernmost and largest region. It can be divided into Upper and Lower or Inner and Outer areas. The Inner Coastal Plain supports much of Georgia's agricultural production, including blueberries, pecans, and even olives. The Outer Coastal Plain is largely dominated by longleaf pine forests but also hosts an important coastal economy featuring seafood production, shipping, and tourism.
Georgia's Largest Cities - Coastal Plain (2016) by Georgia Public BroadcastingGeorgia Public Broadcasting
The Coastal Plain is home to some of Georgia's oldest cities like Savannah and Brunswick and some of its largest cities like Columbus and Albany.
Georgia's Minerals - Coastal Plain (2016) by Georgia Public BroadcastingGeorgia Public Broadcasting
Georgia's Coastal Plain is rich in phosphate deposits, as well as limestone, kaolin, fuller's earth, and some bauxite.
The Site of Secondary Mining of Phosphate Rock in Nauru (2007) by Graham, LorrieGeorgia Public Broadcasting
Phosphates can be found in many different types of rocks. These rocks are mined for their phosphorous content, which is extracted for use in agricultural products like fertilizer and animal feed.
Kaolin Shield in Venezuela (2010) by SvtjalenquesGeorgia Public Broadcasting
Kaolin clay is distinguishable by its striking white color. It is the most abundant natural resource in Georgia and is widely used in ceramics, paints, and to coat paper. Although it is not mined from there, kaolin can also be seen in the colorful walls of Providence Canyon.
Multani Mitti (2011) by Mahmood, KhalidGeorgia Public Broadcasting
Fuller’s earth is a naturally occurring clay that is effective at absorbing oil and dirt. Historically, fuller’s earth was used to clean woolen cloth. Today, it is sometimes marketed as a beauty agent in skincare.
Coastal Plains | Regions of GeorgiaGeorgia Public Broadcasting
View of Savannah (1734) by Pierre FourdrinierGeorgia Public Broadcasting
Founded in 1733, Savannah was Georgia’s first city and its original state capital. Early English settlers chose the site for its strategic proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and Savannah River.
Sunrise Over North Beach on Tybee Island (2010) by Sennello, MichaelGeorgia Public Broadcasting
The deepwater ports of Savannah and Brunswick together form one of the largest shipping centers in the country and make shipping an important economic activity for Georgia. Other prominent state industries include fishing, tourism, and forestry.
Continental Shelf and Gulf Stream (2015) by Georgia Public BroadcastingGeorgia Public Broadcasting
How Playing Video Games Could Land You a Job: Georgia Ports Authority | Fast Forward (2015) by Georgia Public BroadcastingGeorgia Public Broadcasting
Cotton Field in Georgia by Georgia Public BroadcastingGeorgia Public Broadcasting
The soil typical of the Inner Coastal Plain is perfect for growing agricultural products like peanuts, cotton, peaches, and Georgia’s famous Vidalia onions.
Vidalia Onion Museum | Travel Tales (2020) by Georgia Public BroadcastingGeorgia Public Broadcasting
Did You Know - Coastal Plain (2016) by Georgia Public BroadcastingGeorgia Public Broadcasting
Did you know that Georgia's Coastal Plain is home to the "Little Grand Canyon" as well as native species like the gopher tortoise and exotic animal residents like the ring-tailed lemur?
Providence Canyon (2016) by Georgia Public BroadcastingGeorgia Public Broadcasting
Providence Canyon, one of Georgia’s seven natural wonders, is found in the Coastal Plain region. It was formed by rainwater runoff caused by poor farming practices from the 1800s. The canyon continues to erode today.
Foraging Gopher TortoiseGeorgia Public Broadcasting
The Coastal Plain is home to a variety of reptiles, including snakes, alligators, and turtles.
The gopher tortoise is Georgia’s official state reptile. A keystone species of the longleaf pine ecosystem, gopher tortoises dig expansive burrows in the sandy, well-draining soil for shelter and nesting. The gopher tortoise is the only land tortoise that is native to the southeastern United States.
Georgia's Rivers and Lakes (2015) by Georgia Public BroadcastingGeorgia Public Broadcasting
Georgia's Coastal Plain is shaped by several major rivers, two of which delineate the state's eastern and western boundaries.
The Okefenokee Swamp is located on the Georgia-Florida border at the head of the Suwannee River.
The Sandhills of Georgia | Georgia Outdoors (2019) by Georgia Public BroadcastingGeorgia Public Broadcasting
Ring-Tailed LemurGeorgia Public Broadcasting
Ring-tailed lemurs, native only to Madagascar, can also be found on Georgia's St. Catherines Island. The lemurs were first brought to this barrier island in 1984, in an effort to breed the endangered species. The St. Catherines Island Lemur Program supports the only free-ranging population of ring-tailed lemurs outside of Madagascar.
St. Catherines | Georgia Outdoors (2015) by Georgia Public BroadcastingGeorgia Public Broadcasting