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View Poll Results: Which is your favorite: Rocky or Appalachian mountains
Rocky 186 57.59%
Appalachian 137 42.41%
Voters: 323. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-19-2009, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Tri-Cities, TN
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Definitely the Apps. Absolutely gorgeous and teeming with wildlife and history.
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Old 02-20-2009, 11:15 PM
 
Location: Western Hoosierland
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If I had to choose I would go with the Rockies
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Old 02-21-2009, 12:41 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, USA
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Most people like what they grew up around and that's how the voting has been going.
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Old 02-21-2009, 11:22 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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For Biology: Appalachians

For Geology: Rockies

For rivers and waterfalls: Appalachians

For cliffs and above tree-line: Rockies

For The Shire, Bree-land and the Misty Mountains: Appalachians

For Mordor: Rockies


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Old 02-21-2009, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH USA / formerly Chicago for 20 years
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Rockies, definitely. I found the Appalachian mountains rather underwhelming. They're nice, but they look like mere hills to me.

Been to the top of Pike's Peak (Colorado)... but didn't climb it... took the train.

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Old 02-21-2009, 03:03 PM
 
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Most people like what they grew up around and that's how the voting has been going.
I think it's about expectations, too. What you think a mountain range should be. Do you like height? Texture? Rocks? Trees? etc.
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Old 02-22-2009, 10:00 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Most people who brag about the Rockies use size as their singular qualifying factor for their superiority. My dad is bigger than your dad.

I live in the Rockies (more or less), and being an avid hiker and backpacker, I am familiar with many of the sub-ranges that make up their southern extent. That said, my favorite part of the southern Rockies is actually one of the lower-elevation areas and lacks some of the dramatic peaks that people rave about. Nevertheless I find it much more interesting than the big peaks.

Many people out here rave about the 14ers (peaks above 14,000 ft.) and I have hiked a handful of them. Some of the coolest areas I have ever been to are the Catskill 35ers (peaks above 3,500 ft.) in southern New York. But the coolest places of all are some of the ravines and valleys way below those peaks.



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Old 02-22-2009, 07:53 PM
 
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I like to see my mountains covered with trees and vegetation--rather than rocks and boulders. Nothing beats eastern mountains for fall foilage
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Old 02-22-2009, 09:59 PM
 
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Like many people have stated, both are beautiful, all mountains are beautiful.
But, the Rocky Mountians which encompass many sub ranges in the West cannot be beat for their diversity in landscape and foilage.
High peaks, deep canyons, virgin forests, all create a magical land.
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Old 02-23-2009, 11:09 AM
 
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But, the Rocky Mountians which encompass many sub ranges in the West cannot be beat for their diversity in landscape and foilage.
For ecological diversity (foliage, et al.) I would say that the Appalchians and the Sierra Nevada have the Rockies beat hands down.

The fact is, most forests in the west are monocultures. You are either in a forest that is 90% Ponderosa, then you get into a forest that is 90% Douglas Fir, Then you get into a forest that is 90% Spruce, etc.

In the Appalachians, you can have one acre with a dozen different species of trees in it, not to mention the number of ecosystems and ecotones that can occupy a small area. In the rockies it is often mile upon mile upon mile of the same stuff.

It is different. Not necessarily bad. Different people appreciate different things. For some people, it is only the size of the mountain that matters.

Myself, I like rivers and waterfalls and flowering trees and shrubs and wetlands. Just not going to find too much of that in the Rockies, I'm afraid.

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High peaks, deep canyons, virgin forests, all create a magical land.
Indisputable.


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