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The “Old Fire”
The “Old Fire”
Smoke billows from the “Old Fire,” a wildfire that raged in the San Bernardino Mountains of California in the fall of 2003. In this view from a distant peak, gray-white smoke rises in great clouds from green mountains, partly obscuring a sky with...
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Airport in Pokhara, Nepal
Airport in Pokhara, Nepal
A small airport in Pokhara, Nepal during monsoon season. The surrounding landscape is a combination of mountainous forests and cleared farmlands.
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Amphitheater Lake in the Tetons, Grand Teton National Park, WY
Amphitheater Lake in the Tetons, Grand Teton National Park, WY
Amphitheater Lake in the Tetons, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. The lake gleams in a bowl formed by mountains. Amphitheater and Surprise Lakes are glacial lakes surrounded by subalpine meadows. They are located on a strenuous trail that offers outstanding...
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Animal tracks in the dried mud in Death Valley, California
Animal tracks in the dried mud in Death Valley, California
Animal tracks in the dried mud in Death Valley, California. Occasional, brief rainstorms create a thin veneer of mud that later dries up into cracked plates, preserving the tracks of anything that walked on it when wet. Death Valley National Park is located...
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Annapurna mountain peak
Annapurna mountain peak
Snow-clad Annapurna peak jutting out from the clouds. Annapurna is a series of peaks in the Himalayas.
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Annapurna peaks
Annapurna peaks
One of the Annapurna peaks seen from Poon Hill. Annapurṇā is a Sanskrit name which literally means "full of food," but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests. In Hinduism, Annapurna is a goddess of fertility and agriculture and an incarnation...
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Antebellum North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the antebellum period (1830–1860). Topics include slavery, daily life, agriculture, industry, technology, and the arts, as well as the events leading to secession and civil war.
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Antislavery feeling in the mountains
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 1.12
In this excerpt from his book (1860), Frederick Law Olmsted describes his interactions with residents of the Appalachian region and their opinions on slavery. Includes historical commentary. Note: This source contains explicit language or content that requires mature discussion.
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Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert.
Ashe County on a clear day
Ashe County on a clear day
This is the view from a mountain in Ashe County. The view is a sea of blue mountain peaks bordered above by the clear turquoise blue sky, which is disturbed only by a short bank of clouds at the horizon. In the middle of the lush valley closest to the viewer,...
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An attendant on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
An attendant on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
An attendant on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad watches a field roll past outside the window of a train car. Retired citizens in the area work as attendants for the railroad. The train trip offers tunnels and view of river gorges and mountains.
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Avalanche near base camp
Avalanche near base camp
Avalanches are frequent near the Everest Base Camp. This photograph shows an avalanche roaring down a mountainside close to the edge of the sprawling camp. Tents are positioned away from the potential path of avalanches, however the larger ones dust some of...
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Avery County Historical Museum
Avery County Historical Museum
This is the Avery County Historical Museum, housed in what was formally the Avery County Jail. The museum houses artifacts and information for people interested in the county's cultural history or in genealogy. It is located in Newland, North Carolina, the...
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Bald rock at Black Mountain ridge summit
Bald rock at Black Mountain ridge summit
A spot of bald rock at the top of a ridge in the Black Mountains. This photo was taken at Mount Mitchell State Park, North Carolina.
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The Balds; Origins, Exposure, and Succession
The Balds; Origins, Exposure, and Succession
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A bamboo pot used to churn butter 'tea' in western mountain, Nepal
A bamboo pot used to churn butter 'tea' in western mountain, Nepal
In Tukche, Nepal, a bamboo and brass pot used to churn butter tea. Butter tea is a traditional Tibetan drink in the high mountains in Nepal. Butter tea is made from strong black tea churned with fresh butter and salt.
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Bank of the Kali Gandaki River
Bank of the Kali Gandaki River
Trails snake through the flood plains of the Kali Gandaki River in western Nepal. The Kali Gandaki is one of the major rivers of Nepal originating in the northern Himalayas and flowing down south through mountain gorges before landing in the plains and joining...
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Barn near West Jefferson in Ashe County, North Carolina
Barn near West Jefferson in Ashe County, North Carolina
This is a dilapidated barn near a bluff in West Jefferson, Ashe County, North Carolina. The barn has collapsed in on itself. The trees on the mountain behind it are clothed in bright autumnal colors.
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Big Tom plaque
Big Tom plaque
This plaque in honor of Thomas David ("Big Tom") Wilson is set into the rock at the summit of Big Tom, a mountain in the Black Mountain range named after Wilson. The plaque reads: Big Tom Altitude 6580 feet Named after Thomas David ("Big Tom")...
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Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC
Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC
This is an aerial shot of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. The huge Biltmore House, containing over ninety rooms, is the former residence of the Vanderbilt family and is preserved much as it appeared during their lifetimes.
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Birethanti, Nepal
Birethanti, Nepal
Birethanti, both a town and a bazaar in Nepal, lies across the bridge at a foothill. This bazaar is an important point along the trekking route that runs from Pokhara towards the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre base camps and further towards the town of Jomsom....
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