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Image Caption: STS058-088-084 Appalachian Mountains; Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, U.S.A. October 1993
The linear ridges and valleys of the Appalachian Mountains can be seen in this beautiful near-nadir looking view. Acquired during the fall of the year, the image depicts the reddish colors of the autumn foliage. The southern and middle Appalachians are capped with the most richly varied deciduous forest in North America. The fertile grooves, broad valleys, and myriad streams offer congenial habitats to a remarkable diversity of plant and animal life. Once a great mountain range attaining altitudes of over 17000 feet (5185 meters), hundreds of millions of years of erosion have reduced the Appalachians to their present 2000 to 4000 feet (610 to 1220 meters) altitude. Rivers have expanded valleys and have even cut through many of the mountain ranges on their journey eastward toward the Atlantic Ocean. This particular view is centered in western Maryland in the vicinity of Deep Creek Lake (located midway between the center and bottom center of the image). The large lake in the upper right portion of the image is Mount Storm Lake.