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Appalachian Mountains Geographic Terminus - McCalla, Alabama
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Scooter Bill
N 33° 15.108 W 087° 04.249
16S E 493403 N 3679204
Quick Description: This sign, located at McCalla, Alabama's Tannehill State Park, marks the southern geographic terminus of the Appalachian Mountains, the oldest mountains in North America.
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 7/10/2008 8:11:01 PM
Waymark Code: WM45KE
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
Views: 127

Long Description:
The Appalachian Mountains are a vast system of mountains in eastern North America. The USGS defines the Appalachian Highlands physiographic division as consisting of thirteen provinces: the Atlantic Coast Uplands, Eastern Newfoundland Atlantic, Maritime Acadian Highlands, Maritime Plain, Notre Dame And Megantic Mountains, Western Newfoundland Mountains, Piedmont, Blue Ridge, Valley and Ridge, Saint Lawrence Valley, Appalachian Plateaus, New England province, and the Adirondack provinces. A common variant definition does not include the Adirondack Mountains, which are often said to have more in common with the Canadian Shield than the Appalachians.

The range is mostly located in the United States, but extends into southeastern Canada, forming a zone from 100 to 300 miles wide, running from the island of Newfoundland 1,500 miles south-westward to central Alabama in the United States. The system is divided into a series of ranges, with the individual mountains averaging around 3,000 ft. The highest of the group is Mount Mitchell in North Carolina at 6,684 feet, which is the highest point in the United States east of the Mississippi River.

A look at rocks exposed in today's Appalachian mountains reveals elongated belts of folded and thrust faulted marine sedimentary rocks, volcanic rocks and slivers of ancient ocean floor, which provides strong evidence that these rocks were deformed during plate collision. The birth of the Appalachian ranges, some 300 million years ago, marks the first of several mountain building plate collisions that culminated in the construction of the supercontinent Pangaea with the Appalachians near the center.
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