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Lonely mountains

Sauratown Mountains

Lonely mountains: The monadnocks of the inner Piedmont

By Dirk Frankenberg

This Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations “virtual field trip” explores the “lonely mountains” of the North Carolina Piedmont. These mountains, called monadnocks, rise individually above the Piedmont plateau. Photographs show the topography of these mountains, including Pilot Mountain, Hanging Rock, Stone Mountain, and Crowders Mountain. You’ll also learn about the mountains’ geology and how they were formed by erosion.

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