Coastal Plain

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In Podcast #25 the Trekkers visit Virginia Beach in the Coastal Plain Region.  Explore the Cape Henry Lighthouse (est.1792), the oldest lighthouse in Virginia; see the First Landing Park where the Jamestown settlers first landed after their long trip across the Atlantic Ocean; learn about some important industries of this region (military, fishing, and tourism); find out about how waves form, and watch surfers riding the waves! Come on, let's go trekkin'!

Virginia Beach is the largest city in Virginia, and it is listed in the Guiness Book of World Records for having the longest pleasure beach in the world (source)!  Each year it hosts the Neptune Festival, which is one of the top ten festivals on the east coast (source).  In 2005, a 35-foot statue of King Neptune, the Roman god of the sea, was set up on the boardwalk to honor the festival.  Have you seen it?  It was created by Paul DiPasquale, a sculptor living in Richmond, Virginia.  He also created the statue of Arthur Ashe which is on Monument Avenue in Richmond.  Source

SOL Correlation:

VS.2 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the geography and early inhabitants of Virginia by

  1. b)locating and describing Virginia’s Coastal Plain (Tidewater), Piedmont, Blue Ridge Mountains, Valley and Ridge, and Appalachian Plateau;

  2. c)locating and identifying water features important to the early history of Virginia (Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, James River, York River, Potomac River, and Rappanhannock River);


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

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

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


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

  1. a)watershed and water resources;


5.6 The student will investigate and understand characteristics of the ocean environment. Key concepts include

b) physical characteristics (depth, salinity, major currents);