Jeremiah Miller. Dorchester Roadside. 1989. oil on canvas 80" x 92 1/2". Courtesy of the SC Arts Commission.
Discover the mountains, lakes & rivers, geology, and climate of South Carolina.
- South Carolina Climatology Office
The Climatology Office has lots of information on climate topics, such as severe weather, flooding, temperature, and notable events.
- South Carolina’s Climate Controls
Discover the factors that influence South Carolina’s climate.
- Climate Trends
Did you know that the average annual temperature in South Carolina has decreased .5 degrees Farenheit?
Lakes & Rivers
- Carolina Bays
Carolina Bays are oval-shaped ponds and wetlands that occur along the Atlantic coast, many in South Carolina.
- The Catawba River
Watch a video about the preservation efforts for the Catawba River.
Visit The Three Rivers in Columbia and The Estuary in Charleston and explore the natural and cultural of the rivers.
Marine & Ground Water
- Tides: Why do they happen?
Find out why we have tides along the coast.
- A Line in the Sand: Nourishing South Carolina’s Beaches
South Carolina beaches are fighting erosion in multiple ways.
Groundwater is the supply of freshwater found beneath the earth’s surface.
- Real-Time Water Levels for South Carolina
Explore current water levels of rivers and lakes in South Carolina.
Longleaf pine forest. Image by William D. Boyer, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
- Birth of the Mountains
Explore the geologic story of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
- South Carolina Soil
Lynchburg soil is found along the Coastal Plain.
- NatureScene-Forty Acre Rock
Forty Acre Rock Preserve is an unique geological area boasting one of the largest flatrock granite exposures in South Carolina.
- Barrier Islands
Discover the barrier islands of South Carolina and how they work.
- Check out these maps and aerial photos of South Carolina's barrier islands.
- Time Scale
What was happening in South Carolina in the Jurassic Period? What about in the Pleistocene Epoch?
- The Southern Appalachians: A Changing World
Watch this video on the Southern Appalachian Mountains, including their birth, landscape, climate, and ecosystem.
- Characterization of the ACE Basin
The ACE Basin contains six distinct ecosystem habitats, from wetlands to uplands.
- Bottomland Hardwoods
Bottomland hardwood forests are river swamps, usually where rivers occasionally cause flooding.
- Dynamics of the Salt Marsh
Find out what plants and animals live in the salt marshes of the Lowcountry
- The Facts on Wetlands
Learn the facts on South Carolina’s freshwater and saltwater wetlands.