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From: "Martha Short" <>
Subject: [AppalLife] Re: Appalachia
Date: Thu, 06 Apr 2000 05:58:34 -0700
The following Encarta website gives lots of information on the Appalachian Mountain Range.
In general, the mountain range extends from the province of Quibec in Canada to northern Alabama and is about 1500 miles long and parallels the east coast. It is divided into three divisions-northern, central, and southern. The Blue Ridge range is the principal uplift of the Appalachians. This range begins prominently in South Mountain in Pennsylvania and stretches southwest in greater heights, through Virginia and western North Carolina and continues down through Georgia. The highest peak of the Appalachians, Mount Mitchell (6684 ft), is situated in the central group.
>From the ARC homepage at <http://arc.gov/>, "Appalachia, as defined in the legislation from which the Appalachian Regional Commission derives its authority, is a 200,000-square-mile region that follows the spine of the Appalachian Mountains from southern New York to northern Mississippi. It includes all of West Virginia and parts of twelve other states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
Hope this helps to answer your questions about the geographic location of Appalachia. BTW, I am a native of the Central Appalachians (raised in Dickenson County, VA with roots in Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee, Western North Carolina and throughout Southwest Virginia).
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