Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Between the eastern coastal and the western mountains, lie the rolling hills of the Piedmont Plateau. Piedmont literally means "foot of the mountain." Its rolling hills were formed from the sediment of the once majestic Appalachians. Over 200 million years of erosion have moved sediment downhill from the mountains onto the Piedmont Plateau. Eighty to ninety percent of the fresh water entering the Bay flows through the Piedmont Plateau.
As human population grows, it's important to preserve and restore uncultivated open spaces, buffer zones and community parks. Smart growth is necessary to keep natural ecosystems protected and functioning to provide clean air and water, rainwater storage and other essential services.
In colonial times, settlers were drawn to the rolling hills of the Piedmont Plateau. Towns and cities sprang up along the river trade routes. Much of the original forest has been cleared for farms and towns, greatly reducing rainwater storage and natural filtering of runoff water.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 39° 17.153′ N, 76° 36.511′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. It is in the Inner Harbor. Marker is at the intersection of East Pratt Street and South Gay Street, on the right when traveling east on East Pratt Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 E Pratt St, Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Living with Wildlife (here, next to this marker); Lightship Chesapeake (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Baltimore Oyster Partnership (within shouting distance of this marker); Living Classrooms (within shouting distance of this marker); "Yuai" (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Ships in Baltimore (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Baltimore Riot Trail (about 300 feet away); Together we remember the people of Maryland who perished on 9.11.2001 (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 8, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 239 times since then and 79 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 8, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.