The Geography of MS

The Geography of MS

The Geography of MS Just the Facts: 1. The state of Mississippi takes its name from the Mississippi River, which is named from Native

American words that mean father of waters. 2. Mississippi officially became a state on December 10, 1817. 3. MS was the 20th state to join the Union. 4. MS consists, politically, of 82 counties.

5. MSs capital if Jackson. 6. MSs population is around 2.9 million. The State Flag

The State Tree and Flower Magnolia 1938

1952 The State Wildflower

Coriopsis 1991 The State

Bird Mockingbird 1944

The State Fish Largemouth Bass 1974

The State Land-Mammal White-tailed Deer and Red Fox

1974 1997 The State

Water Mammal Bottlenose Dolphin The State

Waterfowl Wood duck 1974

The State Reptile Alligator 2005

The State Insect Honeybee

1980 The State Butterfly

Spicebush Swallowtail 1991 The State Fossil

Prehistoric Whale 1981 The State

Stone Petrified Wood 1976

The State Shell Oyster Shell 1974

The State Beverage Milk

1984 The State Toy

Teddy Bear 2002 The State Dance

Square Dance 1995 The State

Song Go, Mississippi Words and Music by Houston Davis 1962

Verse:

States may sing their songs of praise With waving flags and hip-hoo-rays, Let cymbals crash and let bells ring 'Cause here's one song I'm proud to sing. Choruses:

Go, Mississippi, keep rolling along, Go, Mississippi, you cannot go wrong, Go, Mississippi, we're singing your song, M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I Go, Mississippi, you're on the right track,

Go, Mississippi, and this is a fact, Go, Mississippi, you'll never look back, M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I Go, Mississippi, straight down the line, Go, Mississippi, ev'rything's fine,

Go, Mississippi, it's your state and mine, M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I Go, Mississippi, continue to roll, Go, Mississippi, the top is the goal, Go, Mississippi, you'll have and you'll hold,

M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I Go, Mississippi, get up and go, Go, Mississippi, let the world know, That our Mississippi is leading the show, M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I

The State Nickname Official: The Magnolia State

Unofficial: The Hospitality State The State Motto

Virtute et Armis which is Latin for By Valor and Arms MSs Location

There are two types of location. 1. Absolute location gives the exact location of a place using latitude and longitude. a. Latitude is the distance north or south of the equator. b. MS lies between 30 and 35 north latitude.

c. Longitude is the distance east or west of the Prime Meridian. d. MS lies between 88 and 91 west longitude. 2. Relative location gives the location of a place in relation to some other place or landform.

a. MSs relative location is in the southeastern U.S. b. You can also give MSs relative location using its borders. Latitude and Longitude

MSs Latitude and Longitude MSs Relative Location MSs Size

1. The state of MS covers 47,923 square miles. 2. MS is the 32nd largest state in the Union.

Weather vs. Climate 1. Weather is different from climate. 2. Weather refers to the day-to-day conditions of the atmosphere. 3. Climate refers to the long-term average

weather conditions of an area. MSs Climate 1. MS has a humid-subtropical climate, which means our summers are hot and humid while

our winters are short and mild. 2. Our average yearly temperature is 62 F. 3. Our average yearly rainfall is around 55 inches. 4. The coldest temperature ever recorded in MS was -19 F (1966) and the hottest was 115 F

(1930). MSs Natural Disasters Became of MSs location and climate, we suffer from many natural disasters, including:

1. thunderstorms 2. tornadoes 3. hurricanes 4. flash floods 5. droughts

6. earthquakes MSs Landform Regions Yazoo Basin

1. More commonly known as the Delta, it is a flat, alluvial plain that runs along the MS. River. 2. Alluvial soil is deposited by floods.

3. This is the richest agricultural area of MS. 4. The Delta is protected by a system of levees that were built by the Army Corp of

Engineers. 5. A levee is a soil bank built along a river to prevent flooding.

The Delta Loess and Brown Loam Hills 1. The Loess and Brown Loam Hills

were formed by prehistoric dust storms. 2. Loess Soil is deposited by the wind. 3. Loam is soil composed of clay,

sand and some organic matter. 4. Erosion is a huge problem for this area. 5. Kudzu was brought in to control the erosion and became

an even bigger problem. The Loess and Brown Loam Hills Kudzu

Tombigbee Hills 1. The Tombigbee Hills are also known as the TennTom Hills. 2. This region is the most

rugged area of the state. 3. Woodall Mountain is located in this region. 4. At 806 ft above sea level, Woodall Mountain is the

highest point in the state. The Tombigbee Hills Woodall Mountain

Black Prairie 1. This region takes its name from the dark, fertile soil of the area.

2. This is the largest prairie region of MS. 3. A prairie is an area of rolling grasslands.

The Black Prairie Pontotoc Ridge 1. The Pontotoc Ridge is a narrow strip of land

composed of fertile, sandy loam that is excellent for orchards. The Pontotoc Ridge

Flatwoods 1. The Flatwoods is a narrow strip of land with very poor soil.

2. It is an mainly an area of forests, pastures, hay fields and some small farms. The Flatwoods

North Central Hills 1. This area is also known as the Red Clay Hills because of its soil.

2. This region relies on the lumber industry and livestock raising. The North Central Hills

Jackson Prairie 1. The Jackson Prairie is similar to the Tombigbee Prairie but has more

woodland areas. 2. Jackson, the capital of MS, is located within this area. 3. The economy of this region is based largely on trade,

commerce and small industry. The Jackson Prairie

Pine Hills 1. This region is also known as the Piney Woods or the Pine Belt and takes its name from the pine forests

that cover most of the region. 2. The lumber industry is the main economic activity of the region.

The Pine Hills Coastal Meadows 1. This region of MS was the

first to be settled by Europeans because it was accessible by sea. 2. Fishing and tourism has long been the main

economic activities of the coastal meadows. 3. The MS Gulf Coast has the worlds largest man-made beach.

The Coastal Meadows

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