Adirondack Mountains

A massive mountain range in northeastern New York formed a dome created by glaciation many millions of years ago. Many lakes dot the landscape of the region, including Lake George, Lake Placid, and Lake Tear of the Clouds. Numerous smaller settlements are inhabited by both humans and supernaturals. The area is a popular tourist attraction in all seasons for outdoor activities. Most of the mountain range is covered by protected forests and other wild areas that are off limits to many human activities. In these areas many supernatural species have made their home.


The exact origin of this name cannot be traced. However, accounts from explorers and missionaries indicate that the name is transliterated from the Mohawk word ha-de-ron-dah. This word means eaters of trees and was potentially a derogatory term for the Algonquians. They were called this because, according to the Mohawk, they sometimes had to eat tree bark in the winters when they ran out of food. The official name Adirondack was assigned by Ebenezer Emmons in 1838 as a member of the State (Chief) Geologist for the northern New York State Geological District.


The region is the southernmost point of the North American taiga and is dominated by spruce, pine, and hardwood trees. As the many lakes indicate, there are many wetlands in the mountains. This habitat is home to many different species of animals. These include a wide variety of amphibians, birds, and reptiles. Mammals found in the mountains include raccoon, beaver, river otter, bobcat, moose, black bear, and coyote.

Natural Resources

The mountains are rich in several minerals and lumber. However, resource extraction is very limited since the establishement of the Adirondack Park. Adirondack Logging is one of the last logging businesses in the region. In the past many different settlements were founded by miners some of which are now abandoned like Tahawus.
Mountain Range
United States of America
New York
260 km2
1'600 m

Cover image: Mountain Landscape by TJ Trewin


Author's Notes

Source: Wikipedia

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