Adirondack Mountains


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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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(Photo courtesy of Doubleday, Page & Company.) Right: The architecture at White Deer Lake Camp was heavily influenced by that of the Adirondack Mountains in New York.
My chickens do not free range because of the chicken-eating critters that abound in the Adirondack Mountains. I keep them in a homemade A-frame coop of my own design.
Once native to New York and found mostly in the Adirondack Mountain region, moose were extirpated before 1900 due to unregulated hunting and loss of habitat.
We collected biological data from literally hundreds of deer that were 1,000 miles or more south of the Adirondack Mountains. The Southern projects were primarily on properties with good food-plot and timber-management programs.
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.
Located on beautiful Lake Champlain and nestled within the Adirondack Mountains, our territory is predominantly rural and has a strong "second home" seasonal residential population, as well as skiing, boating and hiking telecommuters.
"Our custom work has included knives made with pine cones from the Adirondack Mountains where our family cabin is located; morel mushrooms; a [shed] snake skin made for a charity event at the St.
Newcomb Central School District, located in New York's Adirondack Mountains, began accepting international students in 2007.
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.
Hallie Bond's study of quilts made in the region of the Adirondack Mountains is an important addition to the information offered in the New York Quilt Project's book, New York Beauties: Quilts from the Empire State (1992).
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.