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Adirondack Mountains

(ăd'ərŏn`dăk), mountain mass, NE N.Y., between the St. Lawrence valley in the north and the Mohawk valley in the south; rising to 5,344 ft (1,629 m) at Mt. Marcy, the highest point in the state. Geologically a southern extension of the Canadian ShieldCanadian Shield
or Laurentian Plateau
, U-shaped region of ancient rock, the nucleus of North America, stretching N from the Great Lakes to the Arctic Ocean. Covering more than half of Canada, it also includes most of Greenland and extends into the United States as the
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, the Adirondacks are sometimes mistakenly included in the Appalachian system. Chiefly metamorphic in composition, they were formed as granite and other rocks intruded upward, doming the earth's surface; later faulting and surface erosion, particularly by glaciers, resulted in a rugged topography, with 46 peaks over 4,000 ft (1,220 m), scenic gorges, waterfalls, streams, and ponds. In the 1980s many Adirondack lakes were found to be unable to support life because of acid rain pollution. The Hudson, Ausable, and Black rivers rise in the Adirondacks. The region contains many resorts, including the famous "great camps"; most of it has been set aside as Adirondack Park, the largest (9,375 sq mi/24,281 sq km, roughly 40% public and 60% private land) U.S. park outside Alaska. Lake Placid and Lake George are major centers. After intensive 19th-century lumbering, the industry has gradually declined. Mines in the Adirondacks have produced iron ore, titanium, vanadium, and talc. The Adirondack Museum, in Blue Mountain Lake, and the Wild Center–Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks, in Tupper Lake, focus on the human and natural histories of the region, respectively.
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North Country operations director for the Adirondack Mountain Club, Wes Lampman feels privileged to have assisted in the design of the NPT's newest sections.
In the heart of the Adirondack Mountain region, a majestic summer tourist destination for families from across the world lays Saranac Lake.
Utica is a gateway to the Adirondack Mountains, so it's almost certain that participants will find snow throughout the winter, although in recent years the ski season appears to be slowly shrinking.
top to bottom, left to right: Hiking poles, rain shell, daypack, first aid kit, GPS, map, Adirondack Mountain Club guidebook, 100 oz.
Soon he took up hunting and guiding "sports" from Schenectady into these Adirondack Mountains.
Just a few hours' drive north of New York City, the Adirondack Mountains offer a tranquil respite for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple.
The battle deals with Cross Hill Communications' WYCI-Channel 40 , licensed to the Adirondack Mountains resort community of Saranac Lake, N.
When White Deer Lake Camp was conceived in 1902, McCormick and Bentley were engaged in complex merger negotiations to form the International Harvester Company, which brought them into contact with wealthy families from the East, such as the Rockefellers and Morgans, who often summered in the Adirondack Mountains of New York.
Later, these 'Murray's Fools' returned and built hundreds of 'Great Camps', hotels, vacation homes and clubs in the Adirondacks, making the Adirondack Mountains the destination place of the growing urban class.
As she searches for new meaning in her life, Miranda finds quiet refuge with her family's handyman, Dix, in his cabin in the dark forests of the Adirondack Mountains.
Some of the stations, mostly in the Adirondack Mountains and the adjacent Tug Hill Plateau, will measure snowfall.
I live on a small three-acre plot just north of the town of Warrensburg in New York's Adirondack Mountains.