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  •  In hindsight mountainous terrain by its nature (1+ / 0-)
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    Abra Crabcakeya

    has far greater diversity per unit square area of biome than flat ground, due to varied terrain, elevation and disaggregation of biomes.

    This extends to ethnic and cultural geography for humans too cases in point Ethiopia (and the rest of the Great Rift Valley, Afghanistan, New Guinea...places where the local ecology can and does support large numbers of people at altitude.  no reason to believe Appalachia does not demonstrate this to some extent as well, it is just that most of the original people were swept away and there has not been sufficient time for variation to creep in.. but it is clearly starting anew.

    Watch out for the giant ground sloths.

    by cskendrick on Fri May 23, 2008 at 05:18:42 PM PDT

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    •  up as well as sideways. & insularity derives from (0+ / 0-)

      blocked vision , I'll bet , and insular people probably like to be surrounded by mountains. I do.
      Botanical diversity extreme in Southern
      Appalachians , as you doubtless know.

      •  did wilderness survival training in the hills (1+ / 0-)
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        nothing too drastic...just enough to get the merit badge lol.

        It's amazing (1) how much a person can eat off the land and (2) how many seemly things will kill you or make you wish they'd had.

        Watch out for the giant ground sloths.

        by cskendrick on Sat May 24, 2008 at 07:30:05 AM PDT

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