Piedmont (HM1EOA)

Location: Huntly, VA 22640 Rappahannock County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 47.618', W 78° 10.92'

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From here, looking east from the Blue Ridge crest, you see the Piedmont, a broad plain dotted with few low hills. Noting similarities to their European homeland, early settlers named this land "piedmonte," Italian meaning "foot-of-the-mountains."

The Piedmont's hills and small mountains rise as isolated peaks rather than long straight ridges. Called "Monadnocks," these hills survive as subtle, eroded reminders of the great mountains that existed long before the Blue Ridge.

The Piedmont has been dramatically altered by human activity. Three centuries of tilling and grazing removed the original hardwood forest. Good soils have eroded away, but what remains is still among the most intensely used earth in the United States.
Placed ByShenandoah National Park
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Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 2:48pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 744744 N 4297648
Decimal Degrees38.79363333, -78.18200000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 47.618', W 78° 10.92'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 47' 37.08" N, 78° 10' 55.20" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1821-1899 Skyline Dr, Huntly VA 22640, US
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