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The USGS Land Cover Institute (LCI)

  Tennessee Land Cover
Capital Nashville
Largest City Memphis
Area Ranked 36th
Total 41,217.12 sq mi
Population Ranked 16th
Total (2000) 5,689,283
Density 138.0/sq mi
Highest point Clingmans Dome 6,643 ft (2,025 m)
Lowest point Mississippi River 178 ft (54 m)
Tennessee Land Cover

Tennessee is composed of six regions: the Blue Ridge, the Ridge and Valley, the Cumberland Plateau, the Highland Rim, the Nashville Basin, and the Gulf Coastal Plain. The Blue Ridge, located on the eastern border of the State, is the most mountainous and is characterized by its dense forest cover. West of the Blue Ridge, the Ridge and Valley region is where fertile valleys of grasslands and some urban developments are located between forested ridges. The Cumberland Plateau, located west of the Ridge and Valley, consists of forested flat-topped mountains with sharp valleys composed of grasslands. West of the Cumberland, the Highland Rim surrounds the Nashville Basin. It is characterized by forest and grassland cover. The Nashville Basin, located in the center of the State, is noted for its grassland, urban development, and sparse forest cover. The Gulf Coastal Plain is the largest land region and is located in the western third of the State. Its land cover is diverse with cultivated crops, woody wetlands, grasslands, and forest.