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The Atlantic Coastal Plain south of the glacial limit stretches 2,200 km from southeastern New York and northern New Jersey to the Florida Keys, and is as much as 320 km wide from the Piedmont to the continental slope (Figs. 1 and 2). It is divided into three subdivisions/belts that parallel the Atlantic Coast: the Upper (Inner), Middle, and Lower (Outer) Coastal Plains (Fig. 1). The subdivisions commonly are separated by escarpments and each subdivision has distinctive topography and surficial stratigraphy.

The Upper Coastal Plain is underlain by Cretaceous and Tertiary sediments that unconformably onlap Mesozoic to Precambrian rocks...

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