The Appalachians

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
The historic Appalachians—separating the eastern coastal plain of North America from the interior—stretch from Labrador in Canada to northern Georgia and Alabama. Readers of this "Mountains Around the World" series will discover that the Appalachians influenced the early history and settlement of our country; three wars (French and Indian, American Revolution, and the Civil War) have been fought on their slopes. Formed about 480 million years ago, this ancient range contains other chains, including the White Mountains of New Hampshire, New York's Catskills, and the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina, all of which are part of the famous Appalachian Trail, longest marked hiking trail in the world. With widely differing areas of climate and weather, the Appalachians nourish hundreds of tree species, some offering spectacular views of autumn foliage. Indigenous animals include wild turkeys, black bears, bobcats, and elk, recently re-introduced into the Smoky Mountains. Especially interesting in this volume is the history of native tribes (Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek) in the southern Appalachians. First encountered by the Spanish and then by American settlers, native peoples were eventually driven from their lands and forced to move west—a striking painting shows the suffering of Cherokees on the "Trail of Tears." (Some managed to hide in the mountains, where their descendants live today.) Millions of tourists, logging, manufacturing, and mining coal by blasting mountaintops have caused pollution and deforestation of this beautiful region. What does the future hold? The author reports some conservation activities, monitoring of deadly air pollution in National Parks, and protests against the outrageous destruction by coal companies. Illustrations are large, spectacular color photos; an Appalachian timeline, a good glossary, and a short bibliography will help aspiring mountaineers begin further research. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778775614
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/28/2011
  • Series: Mountains Around the World Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,437,851
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: IG1130L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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