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Life On The Edge – Granitic Domes In WNC - Brevard NC


September 24, 2018

This panoramic shot of some of western North Carolina's granitic domes highlights the beauty and fragility of these special ecosystems. (Courtesy photos by Owen Carson)

Formed many millions of years ago, the mountains of western North Carolina are home to numerous unique geologic formations, from the rocky summits of Grandfather Mountain to the serpentine barrens of Buck Creek. These complex above ground forms that remain are stark reminder of the subterranean processes that originally shaped our landscape.

On a local scale, Transylvania, Jackson and Macon counties (amongst others) boast a handful of these geologic wonders, namely the unique high elevation granitic domes that are exemplified by sites such as Looking Glass Rock, Cedar Rock, Laurel Knob, W...

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