Southeastern Mountain Balds (18 images)

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Mountain balds are mysterious open landscapes in the Southern Appalachians. Many reasons have been suggested for why the balds have remained treeless for hundreds of years, if not more. Indian fires; Indian agriculture; and early settlers' grazing animals have all been implicated at one time or another. In some mountain balds, blackberry bushes and other woody plants are creeping in and the balds are gradually disappearing. The photographs here are of two balds: Grayson Highlands State...
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