Boundaries of Appalachia
The map to the left defines the boundaries of what we call Appalachia. The guide at the bottom is called a scale. Each section designates a total of 500 miles. The whole line is 1500 miles. Using the scale, we can see that Nevada is just less than 500 miles wide, and that the Dakotas stretch about 250-300 miles North and South.
The map to the right is a close-up version of the boundaries of Appalachia. The Southern and Central states are considered to be the region’s “heartland.” Coal mining, especially Mountaintop Removal, is most prevalent in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia, indicated by the star-shape.