This image, taken from space, shows the South Carolina Low Country. The Atlantic Ocean is on the right in the image, and the South Carolina coastline is on the left. The city of Charleston is a penisula formed by the Cooper River to the north and the Ashley River to the south. As you can see, there are barrier islands, salt marshes and tidal creeks.

Our lives are very much influenced by our environment. In the 1800's rice was grown by African Slaves in the fresh water marshes near the coast. It was so profitable for the plantation owners that they called the rice crop "Carolina Gold". Now, fishing, tourism and shipping are big industries in our coastal community.

Can you find this area on the map in your atlas? Compare it to the image to identify names of rivers, islands and towns.

See if you can answer these questions:

1. Why was the South Carolina Low Country good for growing rice?

2. What are some of the disadvantages of living on the coast?

3. What are fresh water tides?

4. How did plantation owners learn how to plant rice?