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West Virginia Introduction

Did You Know?
…that West Virginia is a state in the Appalachian and Southeastern regions of the United States, bordered by Virginia to the southeast, Kentucky to the southwest, Ohio to the northwest, Pennsylvania to the northeast and Maryland to the east with the capital and largest city is Charleston.?

Did You Know?
…that West Virginia became a state following the Wheeling Conventions, breaking away from Virginia during the American Civil War?

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…that the new state, West Virginia was admitted to the Union on June 20, 1863, and was a key Civil War border state?

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…that West Virginia was the only state to form by seceding from a Confederate state, and was one of only two states formed during the American Civil War (the other one being Nevada, which separated from Utah Territory)?

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…that the Census Bureau and the Association of American Geographers consider West Virginia part of the South?

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…that the northern panhandle extends adjacent to Pennsylvania and Ohio with the West Virginia cities of Wheeling and Weirton being just across the border from the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, while Bluefield is less than 70 miles from North Carolina and Harper's Ferry is considered to be a part of the Washington metropolitan area?

Did You Know?
…that the unique position of West Virginia means that it is often included in several geographical regions, including the Mid-Atlantic, the Upland South, and the Southeastern United States.

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…that notably, it is the only state which entirely lies within the area served by the Appalachian Regional Commission, which is a common definition of "Appalachia"?

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…that West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history?

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…that West Virginia is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research?

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…that Karst topography is a geologic formation shaped by the dissolution of a layer or layers of soluble bedrock, usually carbonate rock such as limestone or dolomite, but has also been documented for weathering resistant rocks like quartzite given the right conditions?

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…that The karst lands contribute to much of West Virginia's cool trout waters?

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…that It is also known for a wide range of outdoor West Virginia recreational opportunities, including skiing, whitewater rafting, fishing, hiking, mountain biking and hunting?


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