Friday, July 17, 2015

Is Kentucky Unique?

Is Kentucky unique? Maybe you ask yourself that, maybe not, but it would be nice to know more about the state that you call home. Kentucky is our home, and we should consider learning more about our very diverse 'bluegrass state'.  We can learn so much more from our state, just by looking at how it's shaped and where exactly it is located. For example, Kentucky is the 15th state that was added to the United States, and the total area is, 40,409 square miles. 39,669 square miles, which is land, and 740 square miles, which is water. Kentucky is unique in it's very own way, and I myself even learned some interesting things about my home state during my research.  For example, I found out that Kentucky extends about 350 miles, east to west, and a maximum of 175 miles north to south. The reason it says the maximum for north to south, is because of the unique shape of Kentucky. So when thinking about this information, you need to take the shape of the state into consideration. 

Now Kentucky is an inland state, so it has other states surrounding it. Kentucky is bordered on the north by Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Now with Ohio, you have the Ohio River, so you need to also keep in mind that the Ohio River isn't just going one way, and it isn't going in a straight line, either, so you must keep the Ohio River in consideration when looking at the bordering states. Kentucky is also bordered on the northeast end by West Virginia. Now for West Virginia also comes the line that was formed by the Big Sandy and the Tug Fork rivers. They might not seem important, because you have never heard of them before, but they are. They take part in the shape of Kentucky, so they are very important in this case. On the south east side, Kentucky is bordered by Virginia, and on the south side by Tennessee. And in Tennessee, there is Nashville, so you are pretty close to a bigger city, depending on where you are in Kentucky. Now on the west side, our great bluegrass state is bordered by Missouri. There is also an exception to this situation as well. Kentucky and Missouri are separated by the Mississippi River, so it also has a great and good impact on our state's shape.

And because of the double bend in the Mississippi River, about 10 square miles of south west Kentucky is separated from the rest of the state by a narrow strip of Missouri. So, it's almost as if Kentucky has it's own little island, that is not connected to the rest of the state. Now that is something most people don't know about Kentucky. I know I didn't when I started my research.

Now the total boundary length of Kentucky is 1,290 miles, and the eastern quarter of the state is dominated by the Cumberland Plateau, which is on the western border of the Appalachians. There are so many things that we can learn about where we live, and I honestly enjoyed finding out all of this information. 

Okay, so the Cumberland Plateau meets the uplands of the Lexington Plain (which is also known as the Bluegrass region) to the north and the hilly Pennyroyal to the south. These two fascinating regions are separated by a narrow curving plain known as the Knobs because of the shape of  its eroded hills. The eroded hills can be caused by a lot of things, not just the loggers. It can come from nature, as well. If a tornado hits and takes out a few trees, every time it rains after that, it gets worse and worse, because there is nothing to hold the dirt and rocks from being washed away. 

Yes, Kentucky is very unique, and I believe I have given you plenty of reasons to agree with me. Every state is unique in their own way, but Kentucky is extra special, because we have the determination and the motivation. to learn about how our state came to be, and how the land used to really. We people of Kentucky love to learn about our home, and we cannot, will not, stop learning about our home until the day we die.

(I did NOT get all of this from my brain.... if only. I found all of my information at the site listed below)

"Kentucky." Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States. 2007. Retrieved July 13, 2015 from Encyclopedia.com:http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-2661700030.html


(And I did NOT create this picture!! Look below to see where I found it!!)

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