Appalachian Mountains

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Appalachian Mountains

A mountain system of eastern North America extending about 2,574 km (1,600 mi) southwest from southeast Canada to central Alabama. Most of the range consists of a long band of valleys and ridges bordered on the coastal side by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Piedmont, and on the inland side by the Allegheny Mountains, Cumberland Mountains, and the Appalachian Plateau, a dissected upland region that stretches to the interior plains. The northern Appalachians include the Green Mountains, White Mountains, and Taconic Mountains of New England.

Appalachian Mountains

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Appalachians

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(Placename) a mountain system of E North America, extending from Quebec province in Canada to central Alabama in the US: contains rich deposits of anthracite, bitumen, and iron ore. Highest peak: Mount Mitchell, 2038 m (6684 ft)

Appala′chian Moun′tains


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a mountain range in E North America, extending from S Quebec province to N Alabama. Highest peak, Mt. Mitchell, 6684 ft. (2037 m). Also called Ap`pa•la′chi•ans.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Appalachian Mountains - a mountain range in the eastern United States extending from Quebec to the Gulf of MexicoAppalachian Mountains - a mountain range in the eastern United States extending from Quebec to the Gulf of Mexico; a historic barrier to early westward expansion of the United States
Appalachia - an impoverished coal mining area in the Appalachian Mountains (from Pennsylvania to North Carolina)
eastern United States, East - the region of the United States lying to the north of the Ohio River and to the east of the Mississippi River
Alleghenies, Allegheny Mountains - the western part of the Appalachian Mountains; extending from northern Pennsylvania to southwestern Virginia
Blue Ridge, Blue Ridge Mountains - a range of the Appalachians extending from southern Pennsylvania to northern Georgia
Catskill Mountains, Catskills - a range of the Appalachians to the west of the Hudson in southeastern New York; includes many popular resort areas
Cumberland Mountains, Cumberland Plateau - the southwestern part of the Appalachians
Great Smoky Mountains - part of the Appalachians between North Carolina and Tennessee
Green Mountains - a range of the Appalachian Mountains that extends from south to north through Vermont
Taconic Mountains - a range of the Appalachian Mountains along the eastern border of New York with Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont
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Appalachian Mountains

[ˌæpəˈleɪʃən] npl
the Appalachians, the Appalachian Mountains → les Appalaches mpl, les monts mpl Appalaches

Appalachian Mountains

, Appalachians
plAppalachen pl

Appalachian Mountains

[ˌæpəˈleɪʃən ˈmaʊntɪnz] npl the Appalachian Mountains (also the Appalachians) → i (monti) Appalachi
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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 Valley province of the Appalachian range.
While it has been known for some time that most mountain belts are formed by the collision of tectonic plates, it's less clear why some of them--notably the Appalachian range in Pennsylvania, the Bolivian Andes in South America, the Blue Mountains in Oregon and the Rocky Mountains in central Montana--are curved.
Born from the collision of tectonic plates 200 million years ago, the Appalachian range has seen its rugged peaks worn down to rounded domes, ice ages come and go, and climate changes from near subarctic to today's moderate winters.

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