The One Minute Geographer: Southwest Virginia’s Cumberland Gap

Map centered on Cumberland Gap, Virginia. Base map from alabamamaps.ua.edu. Circles added by the author.

The odd shapes of many American states create some interesting geographical problems for residents. Let’s say you live near Cumberland Gap at the tip of Southwestern Virginia and you want to drive to your state capital, Richmond.

You are looking at a long haul! According to Google Maps, you are looking at a trip of about 425 miles that will take you six…

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Geography professor (retired) writes The One Minute Geographer with a featured series: This Fragile Earth, and a book review series: Great Translations

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Jim Fonseca

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Geography professor (retired) writes The One Minute Geographer with a featured series: This Fragile Earth, and a book review series: Great Translations

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