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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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7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Williams & Williams, a worldwide real estate auction firm and the leader in global live and interactive auctions, today announced the successful sale of two privately owned waterfront properties in Lower Saranac Lake, New York, located seven miles from Lake Placid in Adirondack Park.
The Adirondacks are made of select Red Oak, White Oak, Ash, Wild Black Cherry, Tulip Poplar or Pine.
Still, Davis sees the Adirondacks as an ideal place to launch a more far reaching rewilding initiative, one that eventually allows for the return of predators like cougars and wolves.
Although the skills and knowledge of blacksmithing date back centuries and were well known before the Adirondacks were settled, students here learn not only the skills of blacksmithing and working with iron but also learn about the early iron mines in the Adirondack mountains--and how important iron production was in the history of our nation and its quest for independence.
Ten million people visit the Adirondacks annually, spending over $1 billion at local inns, restaurants, conveniences stores and outdoor outfitters, according to state figures.
According to Little, communities in the region are graying, with census numbers showing that the concentration of seniors within the Adirondacks is comparable to some communities in Florida.
The High Peaks region in the northeast part of the Adirondacks contains the highest elevations and is characterized by tall mountains, steep rocky slopes and many bogs or swampy areas in between.
It is interesting to note that, given the prejudices against Jews that spread far beyond the limits of the Adirondacks, the Jewish community was able to control and frame the debate.
Called the Wild Center, the museum is a 35,000 s/f facility that showcases the natural environment and resources of the Adirondacks Park.
When I moved to the Adirondacks in 1987, I discovered a lot about his life.
On a class trip to a wilderness camp in the Adirondacks, Baron, a Mohawk 8th-grader bullied by his classmates, meets one of the counselors and immediately suspects that the man is one of these terrible creatures.
Whether one is discovering Argentina's passionate national dance, wandering the hills of Sicily in search of the perfect photograph, or casting flies over the treacherous waters of the Adirondacks, there is a whole new world waiting for us when we simply stop.