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Old 12-20-2012, 07:49 PM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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Mountains
Cities
Deserts
Hills
Forest
Beaches
Small towns
Rivers
Ect

Top 10 states

My opinion

California
Pennsylvania
Washington
New York
Florida
Colorado
???????
Four of the Pacific Coast states have diverse urban, marine and mountain environments. Plus I would add Texas to make the top 5 (not necessarily in order). These states are pretty much a given.

California
Hawaii
Alaska
Washington
Texas

After that I would add New York, North Carolina and Oregon to round out the top 8.

California
Hawaii
Alaska
Washington
Texas
New York
North Carolina
Oregon

The last two I cannot decide. Virginia, Ohio, Massachusetts, Florida or even New Jersey or Maryland are all possible canidates. Some might question Florida because of no mountains (not many hills either ), but she makes up for it for unique features like coral reefs and mangrove swamps that few other states have.

Florida mangroves - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Up on the moon laughing down on you
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but she makes up for it for unique features like coral reefs and mangrove swamps that few other states have.

Florida mangroves - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mangroves extend along the entire Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas.

The SW coast of Florida has some of the largest Mangrove Swamps in the world though.

Mangrove - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Tulsa, OK
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A lot of folks mistake Oklahoma for being a flat plains state. But Oklahoma is among the most geographically diverse states, Oklahoma is one of four to harbor more than 10 distinct ecological regions, with 11 in its borders – more per square mile than in any other state. Its western and eastern halves, however, are marked by extreme differences in geographical diversity: Eastern Oklahoma touches eight ecological regions and its western half contains three.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:48 PM
 
Location: The Magnolia City
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California is the clear winner, in my opinion, but Texas comes in at a strong 2nd.
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:13 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Texas has 10 climatic regions, 14 soil regions, and 11 distinct ecological regions according to Wikipedia.

It would be great to have a similar listing for California but their page on Wiki does not list that.

Here is a cool graphic that show that these two states are extremely diverse in bioregions, and hopefully stem the talk that California is so far ahead that if you split it in two it would still be the top two.

clearly Texas and California are the two most diverse.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...e_previous.jpg



Edit:
here is an even more detailed graphic:
this one is also from Wiki commons


From that I would say the top are

1. Texas
2. California
3. New York
4. Oregon
5. Pennsylvania
This would be great if we were talking about climate or Biomes, this is about geography. Texas is not close to California geographically.

It's:

California

- Huge Gap -

Texas or Washington (I didn't see any glaciated 14,000 foot peaks in Texas, perhaps I should look again )


And so on...

Last edited by JMT; 12-21-2012 at 09:51 AM..
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:21 PM
 
Location: BMORE!
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Maryland is the most diverse little state.
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Old 12-21-2012, 12:47 AM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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Mountains
Cities
Deserts
Hills
Forest
Beaches
Small towns
Rivers
Ect

Massachusetts has all of these except desert. The mountains aren't that tall but there are some--the Berkshires. Mostly, if you want mountains in Mass. you head north to Vermont or New Hampshire--The Green Mountains and the White Mountains. (not the Rockies but still.........)

Gorgeous beaches, Boston is a good city, hills are all over the place, much of the state is heavily forested once you get away from Boston, loads of charming small towns, rivers everywhere. Also lakes. Very diverse and compact.
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Old 12-21-2012, 12:59 AM
 
Location: NYC
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I'd say Kentucky. No beaches, but both flat areas and mountains, lots of rivers, big cities (Louisville) and small towns, lots of woods.

I'd also agree about New York being very diverse. I've lived in both Ithaca and NYC and traveled around a lot of the state. So many different landscapes!
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Old 12-21-2012, 05:54 AM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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Four of the Pacific Coast states have diverse urban, marine and mountain environments. Plus I would add Texas to make the top 5 (not necessarily in order). These states are pretty much a given.

California
Hawaii
Alaska
Washington
Texas

After that I would add New York, North Carolina and Oregon to round out the top 8.

California
Hawaii
Alaska
Washington
Texas
New York
North Carolina
Oregon
Again, I would question the logic at thinking that Washington and California have such different geography than the state sandwiched in between the two? What's up with that? Do you really think that it's like this vast void in between the two?

Just what is it you think the other two have that Oregon doesn't?
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Up on the moon laughing down on you
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This would be great if we were talking about climate or Biomes, this is about geography. Texas is not close to California geographically.

It's:

California

- Huge Gap -

Texas or Washington (I didn't see any glaciated 14,000 foot peaks in Texas, perhaps I should look again )


And so on...
Duh, they are all intertwined. You think climate, ecoregions, etc just change when they reach some man made boundary? The ecoregions detail the changes in geography

Texas is not only close, it looks to be more diverse than California
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