The Coastal Zone is the region that is closest to the ocean. It is a long, narrow, and often sandy area. The beaches here are popular vacation spots.
Take a look!
Below is a panoramic view of Bull Island, which is a barrier island in the Coastal zone region. A barrier island is a long, sandy island between the ocean and mainland.
Charleston, which is SC's 2nd largest city, is in the Coastal zone. Charleston's harbor makes it an important place for business. A harbor is a protected place with deep water where large ships can come close to the shore.
Around 15 MILLION people visit South Carolina beaches every year! That's a whole lot of people!
Along with the beaches and sandy areas of the Coastal zone, there are also swamps. A swamp is a wet area where woody plants grow. Below is a photo of a swamp in this region.
Now it's time to review!
Check out this video! It gives you a hint of what we will do at the end of our unit on landforms. :)