2 Section 1 –GA’s Flora and Fauna SS8G1: The student will describe Georgia with regard to physical features and locationEssential Question: How does GA’s flora and fauna make difference in your life?
3 Section 1 – Georgia’s Flora and Fauna GA’s FloraHome to hundreds of species of plantsKudzu – GA’s nuisance plant60% of GA is forestedTrees differ by regionPeach and pecan trees contribute significantly to GA’s economy
4 Section 1 – Georgia’s Flora and Fauna GA’s fauna40 species of mammals in GADeer almost hunted to extinction in early 1900sRight whale – GA marine mammalManatees in danger of extinction in GA
5 GA fauna continued:170 species of birds in GAGA has only 6 species of poisonous snakesOkefenokee Swamp – home to alligatorLoggerhead sea turtles live on barrier islandsFishing industry brings $45 million to state’s economy each year
6 Section 2 – GA’s Natural Resources SS8E1: The student will give examples of the kinds of goods and services produced in GA in different historical periodsEssential question: How do GA’s natural resources enhance the economy of our state?
7 Section 2 – GA’s Natural Resources GA has many rock and mineral resourcesMarble and granite two biggest stone resourcesCoal mining brings over $1.6 billion per year to economy of stateClay products – kaolin and fuller’s earth used in many products
9 Section 2 – GA’s Natural Resources Gold mined in GA in DahlonegaKaolin is most valuable mineral mined in GAMined in counties along the Fall Line
10 Section 3 – GA’s Waterways SS8G2: The student will explain how the Interstate Highway System, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Georgia’s deepwater ports and railroads help drive the state’s economy.
11 Section 3 – GA’s Waterways European settlers set up trading posts and establish settlements on river bluffsSavannah and Brunswick are state’s two deepwater portsEconomic impact of ports exceeds $1.8 billion per year
12 Transportation infrastructure supports the deepwater seaports Brunswick and Savannah located close to two major interstate highways and to key railroad hubsIntrastate haulers and interstate truckers serve the state by hauling goods to ports and railroad hubsTwo major railroad lines operate in the stateMassive amounts of imports and exports flow through GA’s seaports
13 GA’s major waterways have been important in the economic growth of the state GA’s rivers provideRecreationWater sources for towns and citiesSources for seafoodEconomic benefits from inland barge terminals in Bainbridge and ColumbusProvide low cost transportation services for agricultural and industrial products to and from the Gulf of Mexico and major markets in the southeastern U.S.