The Okefenokee swamp is the largest swamp in North America. It covers approximately 700 square miles in the southeastern corner of Georgia and is home to more than 400 species of vertebrates, including more than 200 types of birds and 60 kinds of reptiles.Know More
The Okefenokee swamp was created as a result of natural and human-driven events. Millions of years ago, sediments produced layers of nutrient-poor soil. During the early 20th century, logging removed many of the trees in the area. This continued until President Roosevelt enacted legislation to halt it.
The swamp's water is the result of up to 50 inches of rainfall a year. The acidic waters are shallow, averaging only 2 feet deep, with a maximum depth of 10 feet. Numerous life forms inhabit the swamp, including plants, birds, reptiles, mammals, amphibians and fish. Acidic and nutrient-poor soil conditions make it possible for carnivorous plants to thrive. The Okefenokee Swamp is also home to grasses, ferns, water lilies and other plants that float atop the waters in what are known as tree islands. The mixture of larger and smaller animals includes bears, deer, bobcats, opossums, foxes and raccoons. Fourteen different families of freshwater fish, including American eels and Okefenokee pygmy sunfish, make the waters their home.Learn more about The South
In addition to its distinction of being the only region in the United States to achieve statehood by presidential proclamation, West Virginia can boast of several other unique facts. The average elevation of the state nicknamed "the Mountain State" is 1,500 feet, which makes West Virginia the state with the highest average elevation east of the Mississippi River. The Western Hemisphere's longest steel arch bridge, the New River Gorge Bridge, which spans 1,700 feet, can be found in West Virginia.Full Answer >
Construction of the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport began in 1947, and commercial flights began in 1949. It was constructed on land previously occupied by the U.S. Army's Camp Patrick Henry, which was used during WWII to fly troops to the war in Europe. The airport is publicly owned by the Peninsula Airport Commission and is located 9 miles northwest of Newport News, Va.Full Answer >
The five colonies of the American South were Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina and Georgia, the economies of which were based on cash crops, tobacco in particular. Such farming required intensive labor, so slavery and indentured servitude were more common in the South than the North.Full Answer >
Georgia is not only the largest state east of the Mississippi River, but it also has the most counties, one of which is named after Revolutionary War hero Nancy Hart. Georgia has the oldest state park in the country as well as the oldest state university and the first full women's college.Full Answer >