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What is the geography of Delaware?

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2011-09-14 10:08:44

Courtesy of The U.S. Geological Survey Delaware shares

the Delmarva Peninsula with parts of Maryland and Virginia.

Delaware's small size doesn't leave much room for major or varied

land forms and most of the state lies on a low, flat coastal plain.

In general, Delaware slopes down from a Piedmont plateau in the

north to a near sea level coastal plain in the east and south.

Delaware is situated such that it is part of two major land

regions; the Atlantic Coastal Plain and the Piedmont.

Atlantic Coastal Plain: The Atlantic Plain runs over

2,200 miles from Cape Cod along the eastern seaboard of the United

States and around the Gulf of Mexico to the Mexico border. Except

for a small area in the north, most of Delaware's land area is part

of the Atlantic Coastal Plain. This land is flat and not very high.

It rarely reaches more than 80 feet above sea level. The southern

boundary of Delaware is swampland; 30,000 acres of swamp!

Piedmont: The Piedmont stretches from New Jersey south to

Alabama. Crossing the northern edge of Delaware, the Piedmont is

about 10 miles wide at its widest point within the state. The

Piedmont is marked by rolling hills. The highest point in Delaware,

located near Ebright Road, is located in the Piedmont region and ur

moms face.

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