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Old 04-11-2008, 08:20 PM
 
Location: los angeles
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What states have the most diverse geography? [coastline, mountains, desert, forests, climates, etc].

It probably isn't fair that California be included since it has the most diversity of the landmass [highest mt outside Alaska, lowest elevation [below sea level in California desert] oldest trees, largest trees, most crops, largest bird, hottest temperature, etc.

What about the other states? Oregon and Washington have deserts and mountains, glaciers, volcanoes, etc.

Any other states with quite different geography within its borders?
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Old 04-11-2008, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Iowa, Des Moines Metro
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I know Oklahoma has a lot. (I was surprised when I first read all of these..)

Ecoregions of OK:
1. Western High Plains
2. SW Tablelands
3. Central Great Plains
4. Tallgrass Prairie
5. Crosstimbers
6. Caves & Prairie
7. Ozark Highlands
8. Ozark Forest
9. Hardwood Forest
10. Ouachita Mountains
11. Cypress Swamps/Forest
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Old 04-11-2008, 08:59 PM
 
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Basically, any western state is going to be very diverse geographically, while great plains, midwestern, and eastern states not as much.
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Old 04-11-2008, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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Colorado has plains, mountains, deserts, canyons, the whole nine yards with an exception to an ocean.
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Old 04-11-2008, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Iowa, Des Moines Metro
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I would also mention Texas.
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Old 04-11-2008, 09:14 PM
 
Location: IN
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New Hampshire is quite geographically diverse:
The regions are listed as follows:
1) The Seacoast Region
2) Merrimack Valley Region
3) Monadnock Region
4) Sunapee/Darmouth Region
5) Lakes Region
6) White Mountains Region
7) North Country Region

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Old 04-11-2008, 09:15 PM
 
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Basically, any western state is going to be very diverse geographically, while great plains, midwestern, and eastern states not as much.

True. Then again, when you consider the relative size of eastern states, they still sometimes have a great deal of diversity in terms of geography. Take South Carolina, my native state. It's #40 in terms of size, but still has several distinct geographic regions. It touches the Blue Ridge mountains (just barely, but still includes peaks as high as 3500 feet, which isn't bad for the east coast). It also has a piedmont region, sizable sandhills, a big coastal plain, barrier islands, salt marshes, freshwater swamps, etc.

The same is true for many eastern states. North Carolina, for example, is far larger, but has a highest point of over 6600 feet. Compare that to, say, the aforementioned Oklahoma, which has a lowest point of almost 300 feet and a highest point of under 5000 feet and it seems pretty solid. Illinois's highest point is the top of the Sears Tower! The geographic highest point is under 1300 feet. I know there's more to diversity than height, but it's an element.

All things considered, I'd say the eastern states, while certainly less diverse than massive Western states, still contain a pretty nice variety.
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Old 04-11-2008, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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I think most any state is geographically diverse. Maybe even Rhode Island or New Jersey.
Of course, we're still waiting for someone to back that up...
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Old 04-11-2008, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO...soon to be in Tokyo
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Colorado, California, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Washington, Alaska
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Old 04-11-2008, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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New Jersey?
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