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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Great Smoky Mountains UNESCO Heritage Site


Cades Cove Valley, Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee ― image by GRSM Inventory & Monitoring (National Forest Service) on FlickrCades Cove Valley, Tennessee
This image and the Appalachian Clubhouse image below are public domain photos from GRSM Inventory and Monitoring on Flickr

Post #5 of UNESCO Heritage Sites Week

Did you know that the UNITED STATES' Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983? Straddling the border between the states of North Carolina and Tennessee, this section of the Appalachian mountain range houses a large area of temperate deciduous forests. For more specificity, the forests stretch over an area of about 772 square miles or 2,000 square kilometers. The park boasts interesting facts: there are more than 3,500 plant species in the Great Smoky Mountains, and the area allows as many tree species to grow as the whole continent of Europe! This place is home of one of the world's greatest variety of salamander species. More information can be found on UNESCO's website.

Appalachian Clubhouse, Tennessee ― click image to access the GRSM Inventory & Monitoring Flickr page
Appalachian Clubhouse, Elkhorn historic district and campground area

GeoFact of the Day Blog-edited National Park Service map showing locations of the UNESCO Heritage Site boundaries, Cades Cove Valley, Appalachian Clubhouse, and the city of Gatlinburg, TN
GeoFact of the Day Blog-edited National Park Service map showing locations of the UNESCO Heritage Site boundaries, Cades Cove Valley, Appalachian Clubhouse, and the city of Gatlinburg, TN

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