Generalized Landscape Regions of New York State

Landscapes are regions characterized by common characteristics including Elevation, Slope, and Bedrock structure.

The three basic types of landscapes are:

1)  Plateaus- - - - - - - - - High elevation - - - - flat slopes - - - - horizontal bedrock
2)  Plains (Lowlands) - - Low elevation - - - - flat slopes - - - - horizontal bedrock
3) Mountains-  - - - - - - High elevation - - - - steep slopes - - - tilted or folded  bedrock

Different landscapes are separated by solid black lines. The dotted lines separate regions within a landscape. For instance, the Catskills are not mountains nor are they a separate landscape. Instead they are a region of Allegheny Plateau.

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It is not a coincidence that the Landscape map is opposite the Bedrock Geology map in the ESRT. Regents question often require the use of both maps.

Q: Which landscape region is composed of mostly Devonian
     bedrock?
A: Find the Devonian bedrock using the Geology map on page 3
    and then locate the same region of the State on the Landscape
    map on page 2. The Allegheny Plateau is mostly Devonian
    bedrock.

Practice Questions

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