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  Appalachian Mountains - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Appalachian Mountains are a system of North American mountains running from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada to Alabama in the United States, although the northernmost mainland portion ends at the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec.
The Appalachian region is generally considered the geographical dividing line between the eastern seaboard of the United States and the Midwest region of the country.
The birth of the Appalachian ranges, some 680 million years ago, marks the first of several mountain building plate collisions that culminated in the construction of the supercontinent Pangea with the Appalachians near the center.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Appalachians   (976 words)

 Encyclopedia: Appalachians
In addition to the true folded mountains, known as the ridge and valley province, the area of dissected plateau to the north and west of the mountains is usually grouped with them.
The Appalachian region is the geographical boundary between the eastern seaboard of the U.S. and the Midwestern regions of the country.
In the folded mountains the coal is in metamorphosed form as anthracite represented by the coal fields of northeastern Pennsylvania.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Appalachians   (944 words)

The relict ridge-top tundra of the northern Appalachians and ridge-top spruce-fir forest of the central and southern areas are today’s reminder of the glacial tundra and dark blanket of boreal forest that retreated slowly northward with the glacial ice.
The northern Appalachians are characterized by glacially carved mountains and valleys: mountains and mountain ranges are generally rounded and oriented in a north-south direction (the direction of advance and retreat of the glaciers), and the valleys generally display the classic U-shape of glacially carved regions.
The Appalachians provided a refuge for populations that were able to survive as remnants, but even before actual Europeans made their way to the mountains in the 17th century, their diseases had preceded them via trade routes, and it is now believed that the massive die-off of the native population began years before European settlement.
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 kinzie1final.htm   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Overall, Appalachians developed their own unique way to live that was deeply different from the rest of America.
For example, even in "1929, twenty-one Appalachian counties paid their teachers less than $500 per year at a time when the national average was $1400" (Drake 186).
Appalachians were skeptical and wary of this "intruding institution" called education because they believed education would eventually destroy their culture.
athena.english.vt.edu /~appalach/essaysA/educate.htm   (955 words)

 Anderson Hardwood Floors : Flooring : Appalachian
The Appalachian Mountains, ancient before the Rockies were forced out of the earth’s molten core, have been worn and rounded into the world’s most beautiful range.
Even though Appalachian is the most innovative stylist among wood floor manufacturers, our designers realize that many times the old classics have earned their popularity for good reason.
As with all Appalachian planks the homeowner is protected by lifetime warranties for structural integrity and adhesion if instructions are followed.
www.andersonfloors.com /flooring/appalachian.aspx   (1277 words)

 Sherpa Guides | Tennessee | The Natural History of East Tennessee
Even by a geologist's standards, the Appalachians are old mountains: The bedrock was formed 1 billion years ago and the mountains are 500 million years old, 10 times older than the Rockies, Sierras, and Andes.
In terms of flora, the southern Appalachians are home to at least 400 species of moss, 130 species of trees, and over 2,500 species of flowering plants, hundreds of which are found nowhere else in the world.
In the Appalachians, coves are most often found on western slopes, which face into the prevailing wind and consequently receive heavier precipitation and erosion.
www.sherpaguides.com /tennessee/natural_history   (6263 words)

 Search Tuna Report for Appalachians   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The birth of the Appalachian ranges, some 480 million years ago, marks the first of several mountain building plate collisions that culminated in the construction of the supercontinent Pangea with the Appalachians near the center.
The Great Appalachian Valley is a chain of lowlands extending S and W from the Hudson Valley; its main segments are the Lehigh, Lebanon, Cumberland, and Shenandoah valleys; the Valley of Virginia; and the Valley of East Tennessee.
Appalachians Socially, the relative isolation of the mountainous terrain has allowed unique mountain cultures, handicrafts, and traditions to be developed and preserved....
searchtuna.com /ftlive/750.html   (2671 words)

My work in the southern Appalachians is split between the metamorphic rocks of the Blue Ridge Province and the sedimentary rocks of the Valley and Ridge and Plateau.
We're also working on a new project that addresses the problem of the anomalously high topographic relief in the southern Appalachian highlands and the possible linkage with linear, post-orogenic fracture zones.
The Blue Ridge mountains in the southern Appalachians presumably reached their peak elevation at the end of the Alleghanian orogeny, about 270 million years ago, yet the mountains are still high today.
www.unc.edu /~kgstewar/web_pages/appalachians.html   (430 words)

 Climate Change Impacts on the US. Region: Appalachians
The goal of the Appalachian workshop was to identify the possible social and ecological importance of current climate variability and the potential for future climate change to be further explored in a formal assessment.
There are many unique economic, social, and ecological aspects of the central and southern Appalachian region that are derived, in large part, from the mountains that form it.
The hope was that the dialogue initiated at the workshop would stimulate creative thinking and partnerships that will assist in the formulation of regional and national strategies for meeting the challenges of living in a changing environment.
www.usgcrp.gov /usgcrp/nacc/appalachians.htm   (378 words)

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The Appalachian chain of mountains, hills, and highlands stretches for 1,500 miles from Quebec southwest to Alabama.
N latitude because the Central Appalachians are characterized by lower-elevation peaks (White and Cogbill 1992).
There is no timber line in the Southern Appalachians, but cool climate and high winds at the mountain summits as well as anthropogenic influences such as grazing have maintained the balds, although the historical explanation for these anomalies in the forest is unknown.
www.unc.edu /~dcrawfor/overap.htm   (2299 words)

 TV Review: 'The Appalachians' is an uneven look at rugged landscape   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Much anticipated throughout the region, "The Appalachians" airs this month on WQED as a comprehensive look at the history of a region that has fascinated many Americans like a train wreck for decades.
The Appalachian culture is already getting its fill of the "sophisticated" weekenders from the eastern seaboard who are buying up once-quiet land and selling at exorbitant prices and causing Sunday evening rush hours in a place where they have come to get away from their other rush hours.
Appalachian scholars Loyal Jones and Ken Eller, the novelist and environmentalist Denise Giardina, musicians Jimmy Dickens and Marty Stuart are just a few.
www.post-gazette.com /pg/05160/517968.stm   (729 words)

 S. Appalachians   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The southern Appalachians as a whole have 20 percent of all plant species in North America, and over half of the flowering plant and fern species in North America.
A favorite photographic scene in the southern Appalachians is the layers of mountains, one rising behind another, extending off into the distance.
Another is the passing of seasons, the coming of Appalachian spring, or the flaming leaves signaling autumn.
www.wildportraits.com /SouthernAppalachians.htm   (2116 words)

 CVO Menu - America's Volcanic Past - Appalachians, Blue Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains
In the Southern Appalachians, the history of the last billion years is recorded in the rocks.
Although a collision of continents caused the formation of the Appalachian Mountains, the present-day margin of North America is the result of a reversal in crustal plate movement.
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a 2,167-mile (3,488 kilometers) footpath along the ridge crests and across the major valleys of the Appalachian Mountains from Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in north Georgia.
vulcan.wr.usgs.gov /LivingWith/VolcanicPast/Places/volcanic_past_appalachians.html   (1951 words)

 NYC Regional Geology
Whereas the Highlands Province represents part of the "Crystalline Appalachians," (a region underlain by ancient metamorphic and igneous rocks), the region to the north and west of the Highlands is underlain by flat-lying to steeply folded and faulted Paleozoic sedimentary rocks.
West of the Valley and Ridge Province is the Appalachian Plateau, a vast region underlain by nearly flat-lying sedimentary rock.
Throughout the Sedimentary Appalachians region (And particularly on the Appalachian Plateau) is a thick sequence of coal-bearing sedimentary rocks of Late Mississippian to Permian age.
3dparks.wr.usgs.gov /nyc/valleyandridge/sedimentaryapp.htm   (489 words)

 Remote Sensing Tutorial Page 6-3
The Appalachian Plateau occupies the western (left) part of the image and continues for several hundred kilometers into eastern Ohio.
The topography of the Appalachian Plateau is distinctly mountainous as indicated in the aerial photo below.
The fold belt of the Valley and Ridge Province is distinctive.
rst.gsfc.nasa.gov /Sect6/Sect6_3.html   (1743 words)

 Search: Appalachians - FOX News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Snow Blankets Midwest, Appalachians - Monday, April 25, 2005 - COLUMBUS, Ohio —; An unusual spring storm dumped nearly 2 feet of wet snow on parts of the Midwest and Appalachians, snapping power...
Appalachians is the birthplace of some on the Nations favorite country music performers...
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is a volunteer-based, private nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of the 2,175-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail, a 250,000-acre greenway extending from Maine to Georgia.
search.foxnews.com /_1_P1BTED043TB61__info.foxnws/search/web/Appalachians   (588 words)

 World-Wide Web Resources - Appalachian Resources   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Appalachian Region and Kentucky Maps, from the Appalachian Center, University of Kentucky.
The Mountain Institute, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to advancing mountain cultures and preserving mountain environments in the Himalayas, Andes and Appalachians.
To request a purchase for the Appalachian collection in the University of Kentucky Libraries, use this form.
www.uky.edu /Subject/appal.html   (230 words)

 CPB: CPB Ombudsmen Reports: "The Appalachians"
To capture in three hours of television the history, essence and character of a region nearly 400 million years old -- one which stretches more than 1500 miles from Canada to Alabama -- is a daunting challenge.
The creators of "The Appalachians" have wisely limited their story to what we think of as "Central Appalachia" -- all of West Virginia and the large parts of Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland and the Carolinas dominated by the Allegheny, Cumberland, Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains.
Much of the region remains poor and there are villains in this TV history -- timber lords who stripped the hardwood forests, mining barons who exploited workers and ravaged the environment, the Army Corps of Engineers whose dam-building destroyed lush farmlands and the homes of countless families who had lived there for generations.
www.cpb.org /ombudsmen/050706shulz.html   (957 words)

 Seeing the Southern Appalachians with 2030 Vision   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Three hundred years ago, the southern Appalachians were a land of rolling hills, big blue mountains, deep woods, ridgetop balds, oak savannahs, fog-filled valleys, chestnut forests, vast canebrakes and clear streams.
Now that elk are back in the Appalachians, the Elk Foundation is mobilizing a conservation effort that will apply all of the tools we have used in the West to make sure elk and other wildlife never again disappear from North America’s oldest mountains.
Throughout the southern Appalachians, the foundation and its partners have restored more than 1 million acres of elk habitat and permanently protected another 750,000 acres.
www.rmef.org /bugle/pages/05MA/appalachians.html   (3347 words)

 The Southern Appalachians - the Alleghanian and Hercynian   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
From West to East the Southern Appalachians passes from folded and thrust passive margin sediments of the Valley and Ridge into variably metamorphosed rift and passive margin rocks (Western Blue Ridge) as young as Mississippian, overthrust in places by Ordovician greenstones and felsic volcanic rocks.
A-31 Bream, B.R., et al., Paragneiss geochemistry and preliminary ion micorprobe geochronology of detrital zircons from the southern Appalachian crystalline core: - Psammitic paragneisses eastern Blue ridge and western Inner Piedmont (Chaga belt) have ND model ages of 1.6-1.7 and Grenville 1.0-1.3 zircon core ages; late Proterozic ages are absent.
A-24 Hatcher, R.D. The southern Appalachians: a thrust dominated orogen: - Brevard fault was reactivated as an out-of-sequence brittle thrust during the Alleghanian, coeval with the emplacement of the Blue ridge - Piedmont thrust sheet.
instruct.uwo.ca /earth-sci/300b-001/sapp.htm   (2944 words)

 Geology of the Appalachians   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Appalachians are the eroded remnants of a mountain range that once rivaled the Alps and, perhaps, the Himalayas in elevation.
The Appalachians record a rich geologic history of continental rifting, formation and closing of ocean basins, continental collision, and mountain building.
The history of the Appalachians remains controversial, in part, because of diverse perspectives that geologists bring to their work and interpretations, such as different specialties, guiding paradigms, and field areas.
www.williams.edu /Geoscience/facultypages/Paul/Appalachians.html   (231 words)

 The Appalachians - Sierra Club
The Appalachians is three-part documentary special on the history of Appalachia, with a companion CD and book.
The Sierra Club is pleased to be a major sponsor of The Appalachians, a three-hour documentary television event to air on public television stations starting in April 2005.
A fascinating illustrated book, "The Appalachians: America's First and Last Frontier," a companion to the documentary film, is now available from Random House.
www.sierraclub.org /appalachia/index.asp   (535 words)

Pauley, T.K. Amphibians and Reptiles in wetlands of the central Appalachians.
The extent of acidification of vernal pools in the Appalachian Highlands of West Virginia.
The assessment of salamander populations in an Appalachian Forest.
www.marshall.edu /herp/pages/publications.htm   (2773 words)

 A Short History of Appalachian Traditional Music
In 1750 an opening called the Cumberland Gap was discovered, leading to the fertile bluegrass country of Kentucky, but the mountains in that area were still not successfully settled until 1835, when President Jackson relocated the local native population to Oklahoma under a spurious 'treaty'.
Many Appalachian songs sung today that allude to 'children' in the fields or 'mother' have been changed from 'pickaninnies' or 'Mammys'.
The instrumental tradition of the Appalachians started as anglo-celtic dance tunes and eventually was reshaped by local needs, African rhythms, and changes in instrumentation.
www.mustrad.org.uk /articles/appalach.htm   (2573 words)

 Motorcycle Journeys Through the Appalachians
Motorcycle Journeys through the Appalachians will take you to the greatest roads and roadhouses that only the locals, like author Dale Coyner, know about.
Dale Coyner's journeys through the Appalachians began out of a curiosity for what was "around the next bend." He came to riding later than some, purchasing his first motorcycle, a Yamaha Radian, after he finished college.
He's not sure if it was the size of the Wing, the pop-up camper he was pulling, or the bright red Aerostitch suit that garnered the most friendly smiles in his travels, but he got a lot of them.
www.rollingfelony.com /car-books-reviewed/1884313485.html   (1148 words)

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