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Definition of the noun appalachian mountains

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  1. 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


The Appalachian Mountains, often called the Appalachians, are a system of mountains in eastern North America. The Appalachians first formed roughly 480 million years ago during the Ordovician Period and once reached elevations similar to those of the Alps and the Rocky Mountains before they were eroded. The Appalachian chain is a barrier to east-west travel as it forms a series of alternating ridgelines and valleys oriented in opposition to any road running east-west.

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Google previewEncyclopedia of World Geography (2005)

by R. W. McColl

THE APPALACHIAN Mountains of eastern North America comprise a north to south-tending range that extends for 1,600 mi (2,500 km) from the Gaspé Peninsula in Atlantic Maritime CANADA to northern AL- ABAMA in the UNITED STATES.

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2014)

Volume 8: Environment by Martin Melosi

The Appalachian Mountains represented a barrier to the advance of the frontier in the colonial era but were being crossed by the time of the American Revolution . Germans, Scots, Irish, and Quakers were among the diverse settlement groups ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Caves and Karst Science (2004)

by John Gunn

The Appalachian mountains extend for 3000 km from Alabama (United States) to Newfoundland (Canada). They contain significant limestone and dolostone formations, especially in western and southern areas, and commonly these are less ...

Google previewThe New First Dictionary of Cultural Literacy (2004)

What Your Child Needs to Know by Eric Donald Hirsch, William G. Rowland, Michael Stanford

Appalachian Mountains (AP-uh-LAY-chee- uhn) The Appalachians are a mountain chain that extends almost the entire length ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the American Frontier (2015)

by Jay H. Buckley, Brenden W. Rensink

APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS. This is the second-largest mountain system in North America (after the Rocky Mountains) at around 1,500 miles long. They are a worn and eroded mountain chain divided into several smaller regions.

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Folklife (2015)

by Simon J Bronner

In the American imagination, it has been a primary folk region nurtured by the isolation of communities established in America's pioneer era and nestled in the southern Appalachian Mountains. The Southern Highlands, as the folk region is ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Contemporary American Culture (2005)

by Robert Gregg, Gary W. McDonogh, Cindy H. Wong

The Appalachian Mountains stretch across fourteen states, from Maine to Georgia; they include ranges known locally as the Berkshires, Taconics, Lehighs, Shenandoahs and Smokies. These relatively gentle slopes and broad valleys have ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Native American Movements (2016)

by Todd Leahy, Nathan Wilson

Many of the captives grudgingly accompanied the Swiss mercenary back through the Appalachian Mountains. Those captives who returned with Bouquet either successfully escaped or suffered the harsh reality that the life they once knew was ...

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