A Geography of the Carolinas by D. Gordon Bennett, Jeffrey C. Patton

By D. Gordon Bennett, Jeffrey C. Patton

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July 30-year average temperature (1971-2000), North and South Carolina. Interval is 5 degrees Fahrenheit. water over the Carolinas. 2). The large quantity of moisture in the atmosphere provides an abundant source for precipitation. 3). This precipitation is spread fairly evenly through the year, but results from mechanisms that differ seasonally. Most summer precipitation comes from thunderstorms that develop as intense surface heating forces warm, moist air aloft. Precipitation from these thunderstorms can be very intense, but usually of short duration.

Mechanical processes include curred, was heavily metamorphosed during the the freezing and thawing of water in fine cracks, Alleghenian Orogeny. On the other hand, the the growth of plant roots in joints and fractures, rock comprising the Folded Appalachians, bethe expansion and contraction of rock due to diing much further into the interior of the contiurnal and seasonal temperature changes, and nent and away from the greatest pressure of the the process of unloading, or pressure release collision zone, was little deformed and remains fracturing.

Prouty (1952) estimated that there are as many as 500,000 bays located on the Atlantic Coastal Plain; however, other authors dispute this figure, indicating that there are far fewer (Corbett, 1989; Bennett and Nelson, 1991; and Ross, 1994). Carolina Bays are ancient lakebeds, most of which have dried up over the past several thousand years. However, after periods of heavy precipitation most bays collect runoff, which is ponded for several hours or days above the zone of saturation. A dozen or so bays have a permanent source of water, the largest being lakes Mattamuskeet, Waccamaw and White.

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