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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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Subjects were then invited to add any comments, suggestions, or problems they had encountered to help improve cancer services for patients in the northern Adirondack region of New York State.
The Adirondack region is synonymous with handmade craft items such as Adirondack chairs, pack baskets, guide boats, and rustic furniture.
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We are extremely pleased to be extending our relationship with athenahealth to enable the entire Adirondack region to protect and build on existing community health services.
Our mission is threefold: 1) keep the traditional Adirondack arts, crafts, and culture alive; 2) hire as many local artisans and craftspeople as possible as our instructors; and 3) be a "silent economic engine" for the Adirondack region.
In upstate New York, where an aging population of primary care providers is leaving the workforce faster than new PCPs can be recruited, community leaders have founded the Adirondack Region Medical Home Pilot.
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Dignity Health, Adirondack Region Medical Home Pilot, Lancaster General Health receive awards from The Advisory Board Company for effective physician partnership
Located just off of Interstate 87 on Wolf Road, Colonie Center is situated perfectly on the main thoroughfare for persons conducting business in the New York State capital region as well as for tourists visiting the entire Adirondack region.
Colonie Center boasts immediate access to Interstate 87 on Wolf Road, the prime thoroughfare in Albany for persons conducting business in the capital region as well as for tourists visiting the entire Adirondack region.
In the Adirondack region of upstate New York, Verizon Wireless activated the seventh of 14 planned sites that will eventually close a more-than-50-mile coverage gap along Interstate 87 - the Northway - between the state capital of Albany and Plattsburgh, at the Canadian border.