Physics Photo of the Week
Glaciated and Non-glaciated Appalachians
The top photo was taken from the top of Mt. Pisgah in Northern Vermont
overlooking Willoughby Lake. Note that the neighboring mountains
are all round-topped - the rounded appearance is caused by many
thousands of years of glaciation. The glaciers helped form
Willoughby Lake - a very deep lake of ancient volcanic origin.
The volcanic activity occured about 400 million years ago. The
last glaciers receded relatively recently - only 10 thousand years ago.
The bottom photo was taken from another Mt. Pisgah looking south.
This Mt. Pisgah is in North Carolina near Asheville and Warren Wilson
College. Notice that the Southern Appalachians consist of V-type
valleys, and the peaks are "sharp" and jagged. The Southern
Appalachians have never been glaciated, hence they have not been
rounded. There are also no natural lakes in the area.
Glaciers tend to form lakes due to many moraines and deposits that
form natural dams to create lakes.
Both these areas of the Appalachian Mountains are moderately rugged and
support a large variety of plant and animal life.
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