Adirondack Mountains

Adirondack Mountains
Adirondacks in May 2008.jpg
The Adirondack Mountains from the top of Whiteface Mountain
Highest point
PeakMount Marcy
Elevation5,344 ft (1,629 m)
Coordinates44°06′45″N 73°55′26″W / 44.11250°N 73.92389°W / 44.11250; -73.92389Coordinates: 44°06′45″N 73°55′26″W / 44.11250°N 73.92389°W / 44.11250; -73.92389
A map of the main mountainous regions of the northeastern United States. Strictly speaking, neither the Adirondacks nor the Catskills and Poconos are part of the Appalachian Mountains, having much different origins.
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
OrogenyGrenville Orogeny
Age of rockTonian

The Adirondack Mountains (/ædɪˈrɒndæk/) form a massif in northeastern Upstate New York, which is part of the United States. Its boundaries correspond roughly to the boundaries of Adirondack Park. They cover about 5,000 square miles (13,000 km2).[1] The mountains form a roughly circular dome, about 160 miles (260 km) in diameter and about 1 mile (1,600 m) high. The current relief owes much to glaciation. There are more than 200 lakes around the mountains, including Lake George, Lake Placid, and Lake Tear of the Clouds, which is the source of the Hudson River.[1] The Adirondack Region is also home to hundreds of mountain summits, with some reaching heights of 5000 feet or more.

  1. ^ a b The Young people's encyclopedia of the United States. Shapiro, William E. Brookfield, Conn.: Millbrook Press. 1993. ISBN 1-56294-514-9. OCLC 30932823.CS1 maint: others (link)