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Friday, March 12, 2010

#383 Floating Bear

The Blue Ridge, or Blue Ridge Mountains, is a physiographic province of the larger Appalachian Mountains range. This province consists of northern and southern physiographic regions, which divide near the Roanoke River gap.[1]The mountain range is located in the eastern United States, starting at its southern-most portion in Georgia, then ending northward in Pennsylvania. To the west of the Blue Ridge, between it and the bulk of the Appalachians, lies the Great Appalachian Valley, bordered on the west by the Ridge and Valleyprovince of the Appalachian range.
The Blue Ridge Mountains are noted for their bluish color when seen from a distance. Trees put the "blue" in Blue Ridge, from the isoprene released into the atmosphere,[2] thereby contributing to the characteristic haze on the mountains and their distinctive color.-wikipedia

Blue Ridge Mountains
The Blue Ridge Mountains as seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway nearMount Mitchell
CountryUnited States
StatesGeorgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia,Maryland, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, West Virginia
Part ofAppalachian Mountains
Highest pointMount Mitchell
 - elevation6,684 ft (2,037 m)
 - coordinates35°45′53″N 82°15′55″W
Geologygranite, gneiss, limestone
OrogenyGrenville orogeny

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