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PHYSIOGRAPHIC REGIONS OF CHESAPEAKE WATERSHED
  • MOUNTIAN
  • PIEDMONT
  • COASTALPLAIN

REGION

coveragemapCoastal Plain – an area of fairly flat topography and more southern climate
Piedmont – an area of rolling hills
Mountain – an area of higher altitude and more northern climate

SUN EXPOSURE

Full Sun – the site receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day during the growing season
Partial Sun – the site receives 3-6 hours of direct sunlight a day during the growing season
Shade – the site receives less than 3 hours of direct or filtered sunlight a day during the growing season

SOIL TEXTURE

Sandy – coarse textured soils that contain a large amount of large particles
Loamy – medium textured soils that are a mix of mostly silt and sand but may contain some clay
Clay – fine textured soils with a high clay content and some silt
Organic – soils that contain a high content of organic material such as decayed leaves and bark

SOIL MOISTURE

Dry – areas where water does not remain after a rain or have sandy soil
Moist – areas where the soil is damp and may be occasionally saturated
Wet – areas where the soil is saturated for much of the growing season
Flooded – areas where standing water remains for prolonged periods of time