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Appalachian Mountains

The Appalachian Mountains, often called the Appalachians, are a vast system of mountains in eastern North America. The USGS defines the Appalachian Highlands physiographic division as consisting of thirteen provinces: the Atlantic Coast Uplands, Eastern Newfoundland Atlantic, Maritime Acadian Highlands, Maritime Plain, Notre Dame And Megantic Mountains, Western Newfoundland Mountains, Piedmont, Blue Ridge, Valley and Ridge, Saint Lawrence Valley, Appalachian Plateaus, New England province, and the Adirondack provinces.

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Trivia powered by Prof. Walter1. It is a mountain range, between 100 to 300 miles wide. It starts in Newfoundland Canada and goes 1,500 miles south-westerly. What states does the mountain range end?

  • West Virginia
  • New York
  • Alabama

2. Mount Mitchell is the highest point in the Appalachian Mountains and also east of the Mississippi. Mount Mitchell is 6,684 feet. What state is it located?

  • West Virginia
  • Virginia
  • North Carolina

3. Mount Washington in the White Mountains rises 6,288 ft.. The White Mountains are part of the Appalachian Mountains. You find the White Mountains in what state?

  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont
  • New York

4. In West Virginia, more than 150 peaks rise above 4,000 ft., including one peat at 4,863 ft., the highest point in the Allegheny Mountains. What is the name of the highest peak in West Virginia and the Allegheny Mountains?

  • Thorny Flat
  • Bald Knob
  • Spruce Knob

5. Blue Ridge Mountains, is a mountain chain in the eastern United States, part of the Appalachian Mountains, forming their eastern front from Georgia to Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania, the Blue Ridge Mountains are known by another name. What is the name?

  • North Mountain
  • South Mountain
  • Peacock Knob

6. In Virginia, the highest point (5,729 feet) is in the Blue Ridge Mountains. What is the peaks name?

  • Mount Rogers
  • Sir Walter Raleigh
  • Washington Peak

7. The Appalachian Trail is a hiking trail that runs all the way from Mount Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia, passing over or past a large part of the Appalachian system. How long is the hiking trail?

  • 1,275 miles
  • 2,175 miles
  • 3,175 miles

8. The birth of the Appalachian ranges, some 300 million years ago, marks the first of several mountain building plate collisions that culminated in the construction of the super continent Pangea with the Appalachians near the center.

  • 3,000 years ago
  • 100 million years ago
  • 300 million years ago

9. The dominant northern and high elevation conifer which grows from near sea level to above 4000 feet above sea level in northern New England and southeastern Canada. It also grows southward along the Appalachian crest to the highest elevations of the southern Appalachians, as in North Carolina and Tennessee. What is the conifer?

  • Red Spruce (Picea rubens)
  • Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
  • Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus )

10. Animals that characterize the Appalachian forests include five species of tree squirrels. What is the most commonly seen is the low to moderate elevation?

  • Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)
  • Fox Squirrel ( Sciurus niger)
  • Southern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys volans).

Appalachian Mountains Answers

  1. Alabama
  2. North Carolina
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Spruce Knob
  5. South Mountain
  6. Mount Rogers
  7. 2,175 miles
  8. 300 million years ago
  9. Red Spruce (Picea rubens)
  10. Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

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