South Carolina Geography

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.

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  • South Carolina Geography | The Blue Ridge

    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.

    Grades: 4-9
  • South Carolina Geography | The Coastal Zone

    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.


    Grades: 4-9
  • South Carolina Geography | The Piedmont

    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.

    Grades: 4-9