Choose another Topic

Return to Geography Introduction

Return to Physiographic Districts

Central Uplands District


Appalachian Highlands Major Division

Piedmont Province

Southern Piedmont Section

Upland Georgia Subsection

Central Uplands District

The northeastern and central portions of the Central Upland District are a series of low, linear ridges, 1300-1500 feet above sea level, and separated by broad, open valleys. Streams flowing through this section are generally transverse to the structure and occupy valleys 150-200 feet below the ridge crests. In the southwestern part, elevations decrease to 1100 feet, and the linearity of the topography is not so apparent. Stream valleys in the southwestern portion are not as open as those to the northeast. They exhibit a rectangular drainage pattern and lie only 100-150 feet below the surrounding area. The southern boundary of this district is the ridge crest that marks the beginning of the Gainesville Ridges District.

Source: William Z. Clark, Jr. and Arnold C. Zisa, Physiographic Map of Georgia (Atlanta: Georgia Department of Natural Resources, 1976).