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The Unique Flora, Fauna Of The Southern Blue Ridge


Last updated 4/16/2018 at 2:09pm

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The Trillium flower is part of the lily family. There are 12 different varieties of Trillium in our local forests.

Geographers call the fantastic area where we live the Southern Blue Ridge. The Southern Blue Ridge is narrow near its northern terminus at Roanoke, Va., but broader southwards, and at its broadest on the East-West axis in southwestern North Carolina and east Tennessee.

Often called "the world's oldest mountains," a claim that may be true, but is difficult to prove, the Southern Blue Ridge is characterized by ancient metamorphic and metasedimentary rock, mostly older than the origin of complex life on the planet and devoid of fossils. Those ancient rocks have been warped, buckled, folded,...

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