Appalachian Plateau

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In Podcast #20 the Trekkers take you to the far western reaches of Virginia, the Appalachian Plateau.  Learn why the Appalachian Plateau doesn’t look much like a plateau.  Visit a coal mine and find out how this important resource is used to make electricity; learn about the two presidents of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, at the Brothers Once More War Memorial; honor the many brave coal miners who have lost their lives in the mines at the Coal Miners’ Memorial; and explore the “Grand Canyon of the South” at Breaks Interstate Park.  Come on, let's go trekkin'

There may be buried treasure at Breaks Interstate Park.  According to legend, the Cherokee and Shawnee Indians who lived in this area mined silver.  A man named John Swift heard about it and went looking for the mines in 1761.  He wrote in his journal how he found a silver mine and began collecting the silver.  But there were problems with transporting the treasure through the rough terrain and hostile Indian territory so he buried it in 1769.  Later, when he tried to go back and find it after the Revolutionary War, he was old and his sight was bad, and he never found it.  He promised his friends if they found it he would give them half of it. “It’s near a peculiar rock.  Boys, don’t ever quit looking for it.  It’s the richest thing I ever saw.”  (Source)

SOL Correlation:

2.7 The student will describe the differences between natural resources (water, soil, wood, and coal), human resources (people at work), and capital resources (machines, tools, and buildings).


3.7 The student will explain how producers use natural resources (water, soil, wood, and coal), human resources (people at work), and capital resources (machines, tools, and buildings) to produce goods and services for consumers.


3.8 The student will recognize the concepts of specialization (being an expert in one job, product, or service) and interdependence (depending on others) in the production of goods and services.


3.11  The student will investigate and understand different sources of energy. Key concepts include

c) fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas) and wood; and

  1. d)renewable and nonrenewable energy resources.


4.8 The student will investigate and understand important Virginia natural resources.  Key concepts include

b) animals and plants;

  1. c)minerals, rocks, ores, and energy sources;


5.7 The student will investigate and understand how the Earth’s surface is constantly changing. Key concepts include

d) plate tectonics (earthquakes and volcanoes);


VS.10 The student will demonstrate knowledge of government, geography, and economics by

b) describing the major products and industries of Virginia’s five geographic regions;

  1. c)explaining how advances in transportation, communications, and technology have contributed to Virginia’s prosperity and role in the global economy


VS.8 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the reconstruction of Virginia following the Civil War by

  1. c)describing the importance of railroads, new industries, and the growth of cities to Virginia’s economic development