The Land and Fossils

In any story, the stage must first be set. Georgia’s story begins showing how its geography was shaped and molded by the forces of nature. Sweeping scenes show off the geographic variety of the state east to west and north to south, from the ocean to the mountains, the swamp to the rivers, and all of the wildlife in between. The stark contrast of the sandy soils of south Georgia to the granite outcroppings of north Georgia are explained with a visit to Macon’s Museum of Arts and Sciences and the home of the giant whale fossil Zygorhiza known as “Ziggy.” Fossils like this one aid in understanding the formation of the state.

Teacher tip: Use this opening segment to introduce and show the diversity of Georgia’s geography. The formation of the Fall Line is illustrated and other important physical features of the state are shown.