The Great Smokey Mountains

By: Brody Zimmerman and Ryder Partridge

Location

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is located in the part of Tennessee where the Appalachian Mountains pass through.

Factors of The Great Smoky Mountains

Animals: There are 65 species of mammals, over 200 different birds, 67 fish species, and 80 types of

reptiles. The symbol of the Smoky's is the American Black Bear. The Smoky's hold the largest bear habitat in the east. 1500 bears live in the area. White tailed deer, Groundhog, Squirrel, and chipmunk are the most commonly seen in the Smoky's. There are also over 200 species of birds seen everyday.


Plants: There are over 1600 flowering plants, and including 100 native trees and shrubs. The park is also native to non-flowering plants, also 450 bryophytes mosses, as well as 50 types of ferns. The ephemerals are an amazing flower to come see around February and April in the Smoky's, they start to bloom in late winter and early spring.


Extra Facts: David Chapman- 1924-1930's fought to bring the National Park to fruition.

Ann Davis: suggested that a park should be in the smokies after her husband went to several national parks in the west, in 1923.

Apple orchids were in the southern part of the smokies and many families sold the apples, made cider, vinegar, applesauce, apple butter, and pies. The Smokies also have an amazing view and amazing sunsets in the afternoon.


Geology: The rocks in the smokies were formed during the proterozoic time period somewhere in-between 800-545 million years ago. The rock is composed of clay, silt, and gravel, and small amounts of calcium carbonate in flat-lying layers. The rocks are also sedimentary and there is also some igneous rock found in the park. There are also large metamorphosed sandstone found in streams of the smokies.


3 Distinctive Features: You can go and see amazing waterfalls in the smokies, Historic buildings in the mountains, and go fishing in the amazing streams and rivers of the Smokies.

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