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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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The Adirondack Park has always been a world class treasure for New York, boasting endless opportunities for outdoor tourism and economic growth, Governor Cuomo said.
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.
In the late 1800s, the Adirondacks were a hefty source of lumber for growing American cities.
Although Adventures in the Wilderness; or, Camp-Life in the Adirondacks (1869) by William Henry Harrison Murray (1840-1904) is seldom approached by literary scholars today, its influence on American thought and leisure at the time of its publication raises a myriad of issues that reach beyond environmental considerations.
US wireless communications holding company AT&T (NYSE:T) has activated three new mobile broadband cell sites in the Adirondacks, the company announced on Monday.
US wireless communications company Verizon Wireless has activated 18 new cell sites in the Adirondacks region in 2009.
Foster provides a new edition of artist Harold Weston's (1894-1972) autobiography of his time spent in the Adirondacks.
Called the Wild Center, the museum is a 35,000 s/f facility that showcases the natural environment and resources of the Adirondacks Park.
The only thing that slowed down the job was an exceptionally harsh winter in the Adirondacks that forced Sabre to shut down production for the three months.
The Hazens are a close-knit family who live in the Adirondacks in upstate New York.
From Prouts Neck to the Adirondacks, from Quebec to the Florida Keys, he captured bird and trout, the woods, the whitetail, the common duck, identifying with the hunters and the hunted, marveling at and fearing nature, outlining a structured landscape that was uniquely simple and grand.
When she returned to the Adirondacks later on in life, Green put into action a plan that would help to address the marginalization, alienation and silencing that she felt as a black person growing up in an environment where she never saw herself represented.