Appalachian Mountains

Geography

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Appalachian Region in Canada


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Appalachian Region in US





Resources



In the Appalachian Region of North America there are two main resources. One of those resources is logging. Logging in the Appalachian Mountains only started after logging firms ran out of other choices and their supply of timber had run dry. No body wanted to do any major logging do to the lack of good roads and rail roads. The first logging project used mule teams and rivers to transport logs, later methods introduced splash dams.



Another resource of the Appalacian Mountains is Mining. Mainly coal mining happened in this region. An interesting fact the regions cast coal field covers 63,000 square miles, between northern Pennsylvania and central Alabama. About two thirds of coal was mined in under ground mines, the rest in open-pit mining.

Along with some other smaller types of resources the Appalachian mountains provide lots of lumber, coal and minerals to its area.


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Vegetation

In the central part of the Appalachian mountains, there is a wide variety of deciduous and coniferous trees. Some vegetation in higher parts are white spruce, balsam fir and black spruce and feather moss. In the lower elevations by rivers are different. Some trees include sugar maple and white pine. Dry areas have red oak, red pine and white pine and wet areas by red maple, white cedar and black ash. Some fruit and other small trees and shrubs blueberries, black huckleberry, teaberry, bryophytes (moses and liverworts) and species of fungi.
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Black Huckleberry


Climate


The climate of the Appalachian Mountains has very wide temperature variations between summer, winter, day, night, ect. It gets lots of precipitation and snow (such as Ski Mountain). Due to the dense forest of the mountains things are very green and well watered. For most of the year the climate can be defined as cool and wet. This causes quite a pleasant climate in most places.



Topography

The Appalachian Region is made up of many mountain ranges. Most of the ranges found in the United States. The mountains are for the most part low because of the erosion. Over time the Appalachian’s sharp peaks have eroded and turned into smooth mountains and hills. The Appalachian region also has many rivers. In many of them you can find coal, oil and gas. The elevations in Canada vary from 180 metres (above sea level) in places like Newfoundland to 1230 metres in places like Quebec. The Appalachian’s highest point at 2,037 m above sea level in North Carolina (Mount Mitchell).new.jpg

Things to do

Hiking the Appalachian Trail
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The Thrill of Appalachian

Hiking the Appalachian Trail is an excellent opportunity for hiking in theEast Coast. Every year more than four million hikers hike through 14 states.People like going there because of the natural beauty it has. You should not worryabout getting lost in the trail because u can find white rectangles in thetrail. All people found that hiking the Appalachian Trailis enjoyable and a memorable experience.











Important cities

NewYork City

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New York City is the most populous city in the Appalachian Mountains. It is also the biggest city in the Appalachian Mountainsand it has a lot of attractions.

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the largestmuseums in the world.

The Statue of Liberty is the most famous landmark in New York City. And the Central Park where u can breathe the freshair. And many more.





Reference
-Resources Information and Pictures
-Vegetation Information and Pictures
-Map Pictures
-Climate Information
-Things to do
-Important cities


-Topography Map And
Information

Available @
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appalachia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appalachian_Mountains
http://www.pc.gc.ca/docs/v-g/nation/sec5.aspx
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/194870.php
http://coolwaterlake.blogspot.com/2009/03/your-job-today-1.html
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/appalachian-mountains-facts.html
http://projects.cbe.ab.ca/ict/2learn/jwfech/geography/east/appalachian/appalachian%20region%20notes.htm
http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/Canada/Appalachian_Mountains-911819/Things_To_Do-Appalachian_Mountains-TG-C-1.html
http://c1.gas2.org/files/2010/01/new_york_city-thelady_bigger.jpg
http://www.nycgo.com/attractions/
http://www.learnnc.org/lp/multimedia/5296
https://sites.google.com/site/thegreatappalachianregion/appalachian-topography
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appalachian_Mountains


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