Appalachian Mountains Facts

Eliza | 18 - 08 - 2020
Appalachian Mountains Facts

The Appalachian Mountains are also called the Appalachian. It is the oldest chain of mountains in the Eastern North American continent. They were first formed roughly around 480 million years ago during the Ordovician period. The Appalachian mountains range are mostly located in the United States but the range spreads into Southern Canada forming 100 to 300 miles (160 to 480 kilometers) wide, till southwestward to Central Alabama in the United States.   

There are many awesome wonders behind these enormous mountains, take a minute to know these Appalachian Mountains facts.  

Let’s See Some Interesting Facts about the Appalachian Mountains

1. Are the Smoky Mountains and the Appalachian Mountains the Same?
  • A. Yes
  • B. No

The Appalachian Mountain range derives its name from the Apalachees – an Indian tribe inhabiting this region.  

The wildlife in the Appalachians includes a variety of mammals like – black bears, white-tailed deer, bobcats, coyotes, chipmunks, beavers, raccoons, opossums, rabbits, moose, foxes, groundhogs, skunks, porcupines, weasels, minks and birds include woodpeckers, hawks wrens, flycatchers, sapsuckers. In reptiles and amphibians, there are salamanders, turtles, frogs, and copperheads can be seen.

The mountain is dotted by 8 national forests and 6 major National Parks in the country since the ranges span a couple of states in the country.  

The list of tree species found in the Appalachians includes mountain ash, red spruce, black spruce, white pine, yellow birch, eastern hemlock, Balsam fir, Fraser fir, etc.

Most Important geographical areas of the Appalachians include the Allegheny and Cumberland plateaus and The Great Appalachian Valley.

The Appalachians Mountains have rich deposits of coal, petroleum, iron, zinc, and natural gases.   

If you want to know how old the Appalachian mountains are, the two types of rock that characterize the present Appalachian ranges will tell the story of the mountains’ long existence – the crystalline rocks and the gneisses.  

These are some of the unique Appalachians Mountains facts everyone should know. Explore more thrilling facts at Trivia Sharp travel site to gain some extra knowledge.  

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