South Carolina Geography
The National Council for Geographic Education and the Association of American Geographers has stated: "A course in state or regional geography allows students to study places at an intermediate scale where they have opportunities to observe and examine problems that are of immediate, as well as national and global, significance." SOUTH CAROLINA GEOGRAPHY concentrates on the physical, cultural, and economic geography of the state. By knowing the location of places, how they appear, and how the people there live and work, students will have a heightened interest in and interpretative abilities for reading newspaper articles and watching local television news and weather. As students travel in-state and out-of-state, they will also have a better appreciation for their environment.simply as the mountains.
The Blue Ridge, which includes portions of Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, and Spartanburg counties, is the smallest of the five landform regions being studied in this series. However, this in no way diminishes its prominence in South Carolina geography. The region is a part of the Blue Ridge Mountains that extend from Georgia to Virginia. They, in turn, are part of the Appalachian mountain system extending from southern Quebec to Alabama. This region is also referred to as the Alpine region, or simply as the mountains.
The Coastal Zone is the region of the state where creeks and rivers are affected by the ebb and flow of ocean tides. (In some places, such as Virginia, the term "tidewater" is used to describe this region.) Counties in South Carolina that are wholly or partially located in the Coastal Zone are Horry, Georgetown, Colleton, Jasper, and Beaufort.
The word "piedmont" means "foot of the mountain." This region is hilly and comprises approximately one third of the state. It includes all or portions of Greenville, Spartanburg, Cherokee, Oconee, Pickens, Anderson, Abbeville, McCormick, Edgefield, Saluda, Newberry, Fairfield, Kershaw, Greenwood, Laurens, Union, York, Chester, Lancaster, Lexington, and Richland counties.