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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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It has partnered with the Adirondack Mountain Club to give 1% of BLD revenue to ADK to help protect and preserve the Park.
We collected biological data from literally hundreds of deer that were 1,000 miles or more south of the Adirondack Mountains.
The Capstone Exercise is a budget-phase HQDA-level appropriation decrement exercise conducted at Syracuse University's Minnowbrook Conference Center located in the Adirondack Mountains.
In the 1930s, life for kids tucked away in the quiet woodlands of the Adirondack Mountains was rich with nature and filled with human characters.
Today, Chingachgook serves over 10,000 children and adults annually in year-round programs on Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains.
The hall will have 10 members from five mountain regions: the Bluegrass Mountains, the mountains of West Virginia, the rolling hills of Ohio, Adirondack Mountains and Appalachian Mountains.
Frank met the former Mary Shay while on vacation in the Adirondack Mountains, a place they both loved, and married her on June 11, 1949.
As we prepare for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games across the pond, nestled in the Adirondack Mountains is a quiet Olympic engine fueled by the hopes of tomorrow's great athletes.
Located near the Adirondack Mountains on the western shore of Lake Champlain, the New York town of Essex was an important commercial and transportation center in the days of the Erie Canal.
But in a corner of the Adirondack Mountains in New York, campers found that the Bear Vault 500--a canister designed to keep food safe from bears--was being broken into.
Owned by the Garrett family, who own The Point in the Adirondack Mountains (once rated the best hotel in the world), the Inn is relaxed, informal, beautifully appointed.