Mountain Magic

Clouds and fog over the Pisgah mountains.

No matter what the frustrations or pains, a few minutes in this landscape will alter my frame of mind for the better.

I read somewhere that the mountains of Appalachia are the most ancient of anywhere in the world. I’m skeptical of this claim, just on the basis that the formula “most x of anything anywhere” tends to be wrong. Still, there’s something calming about these old hills.

If you try, you can imagine them as young, fierce, and jagged peaks, towering like the brash Himalayas do today. Now picture the vast millennia it took to soften and mellow them, to change them from impenetrable and inhospitable ranks of sheer terror to the soothing scrims of rolling distance they are today.

This is a view of deep time.

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2 Responses to Mountain Magic
  1. Bob Woolley
    June 25, 2013 | 11:40 am

    Wikipedia says, “At over 1 billion years of age, the Blue Ridge mountains are among the oldest mountains in the United States and sometimes mistaken to be the oldest mountains in the world (in fact they are only about one third of the age of South Africa’s 3.6 billion year old Barberton greenstone belt.).”

    But a billion is still pretty old.

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