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New York’s Physical Characteristics

New York State is a land of physical diversity as well. Geologists recognize 9 major land regions in the state:

  • The Atlantic Coastal Plain
  • Manhattan Prong and Taconic Mountains
  • Newark Lowlands
  • Hudson Highlands
  • Wallkill-Hudson-Mohawk Lowlands
  • Allegheny Plateau- Catskill Mountains- Erie Lowlands
  • Ontario Uplands and TugHill Plateau
  • St. Lawrence-Champlain Lowlands
  • The Adirondacks

Each region has a distinct combination of geology, soils, and climate, which in turn has determined what species and ecosystems will adapt and thrive.

For details about New York’s geology: New York State Geological Survey

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This web site was developed by the New York State Biodiversity Project
and is maintained by the New York State Biodiversity Research Institute

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