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Having been raised in the flatlands of Louisiana, after almost a year I continue to be amazed at the gentle, rolling hills of Kentucky.

 

At this time of year, bales of hay are beginning to dot the hillsides - an added picturesque touch.

 

I've wondered if there are, beside these hills, actual mountains in Kentucky, and decided to do some research.

 

There seems to be eight epic mountains in the eastern part of this state, the highest point having an altitude of 4,145'. They are part of the Cumberland Plateau in the southern part of the Appalachian Mountain range, dating back as far as 350 million years.

 

The plateau contains the world's largest hardwood forested plateau, with many plants and animals found nowhere else.

 

Hopefully, this area will continue to be protected from the coal mining industry that has been destroying millions of trees and leveling hills in its wake.

 

It's very painful for me to know that beauty such as this is not always appreciated and protected.

 


Written by:  Sr. Joel:  a Dominican Sister of Peace who lives in Springfield, KY.  She is a native of New Orleans  and has been a teacher, school and parish administrator, social worker, religious educator, and missionary.  She has written "Breath of Ecology" for local newspapers and has published a book under the same title.


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