What Are a Few Coastal Plains Facts?

Coastal plains are low-lying, flat areas of land with some sort of landform on one side and a body of water on the other. A coastal plain can develop either as a continental shelf or when ocean currents convey sedimentary materials that accumulate over time, according to National Geographic.

According to OpposingViews.com, coastal plains can be found close to an ocean, river, or lake and are separated from the inner land by a mountainous or hilly range. The inland limit of a coastal plain known as the fall line is where it meets a nearby landform, when erosion of sedimentary material results in rapids or waterfalls.

According to the EPA, a large portion of these regions are wetlands since the coastal plain areas are either just above or below water, which contains crucial ecosystems for a range of species. According to OpposingViews.com, coastal plains are typically highly forested and have a significant economic role in the neighbouring regions.

From New York to Florida, the Atlantic coastal plain descends toward the Atlantic Ocean and provides a resource for fishing and lumber. South Florida to Mexico is the full extent of the Gulf Coastal Plain. Due to its fertile terrain, Israel’s coastal plain, which borders the Mediterranean Sea, is a major source of agricultural.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

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