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  The Columbia Gazetteer of North America.  2000.
 
Piedmont
 
 
Piedmont, generally rolling upland region (c.80,000 sq mi/207,200 sq km) of the E U.S., bordering the Older Appalachian Mts. (of which it is physiographically the non-mountainous part) on the E, from N.J. on the NE to central Ala. on the SW. Inner boundary is E base of the Blue Ridge, except in S Pa. and at SW end, where it directly adjoins the Great Appalachian Valley. Alt. of inner edge is low in N (under 300 ft. in N.J.) and rises S to c.1,800 ft. in Ga. Its E boundary is the transition zone (the Fall Line) where it meets the coastal plain. Piedmont soils, generally clayey, are moderately fertile, but have suffered much from erosion and over-cropping, particularly in S Piedmont (from central N.C. across S.C. and Ga.), where cotton is the chief crop. From central N.C. to central Va. tobacco dominates; N lies a belt producing fruit (especially apples), fine livestock (especially horses), and general farm crops; northernmost sect. (Md. and Pa.) has prosperous general farming and dairying.
 
 
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