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January-February 2018

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Weatherscapes: Adirondack Mountains – Subtle Beauty

The Adirondacks are unusual in their form. Whereas most mountain ranges are long and snakelike, like the Andes of South America or the Rocky Mountains of North America, the Adirondacks emerged as a dome, with a diameter of approximately 160 miles. Although the Adirondacks rose into the sky beginning just a few million years ago—a relatively short period of time, technically making them a “young” mountain range—they are composed of rock much older than most. The range's rocks are from the “Precambrian Shield” era, making the base of the Adirondacks more than one billion years old.


Weatherwise contributing editor ED DARACK is an independent author and photographer who covers a broad range of topics. His latest book is The Final Flight of Extortion 17, published by Smithsonian Books. Learn more at

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