Tag: geography

  1. GIS makes it simpler to map a complex park

    GIS makes it simpler to map a complex park Twenty years ago, the map room in Great Smoky Mountains National Park might have been dedicated to heavy, flat-file drawer cabinets—each one filled with stacks of intricately detailed maps of the mountains. These days, the room is much more spartan. Gone are many of the paper maps and heavy cabinets. In their place is a relatively modest Read more...
  2. Permanent Camp: The Principle of Verticality

    Permanent Camp: The Principle of Verticality Image of George and Elizabeth Ellison by Quintin Ellison By George Ellison There are a few basic concepts that have helped me through the years to sort out the almost bewildering diversity of the geologic aspects, plants, animals, and natural areas that make up these very old mountains we call home. The “Principle of Read more...
  3. Trailside Talk: Mt. Guyot

    Trailside Talk: Mt. Guyot Every year, thousands of Great Smoky Mountains National Park visitors walk up the curving ramp at Clingmans Dome to reach the park’s highest point. Not too far away, others swarm one of six trails to access perhaps the Smokies’ most beloved mountain, Le Conte, the park’s third highest. But what about the other peak in the Read more...
  4. Mountain Time: Rock of Ages

    Mountain Time: Rock of Ages Story and images by Arthur "Butch" McDade The Appalachian Mountains are ancient highlands formed millions of years ago. They’ve been shaped, contorted, and warped by great forces since time immemorial. Writer John McPhee describes the Appalachian range as “a compressed, chaotic, ropy enigma, four thousand kilometers from Read more...
  5. Thomas Divide: Heart and soul of the North Carolina Smokies

    Thomas Divide: Heart and soul of the North Carolina Smokies By Ben Anderson If the park has a geographic heart and soul, perhaps it can be found in the form of Thomas Divide, at least on the North Carolina side.  A long, crescent-shaped ridge that extends from near Newfound Gap to the Deep Creek area, the divide loftily separates the watersheds of two iconic streams that eventually flow into the Read more...

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