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Unformatted text preview: Week 3 Discussion Post Porcupine Mountains (Porkies) The Porcupine Mountains is a group of small mountains spanning across Ontonagon Michigan near the shore of Lake Superior. It is located about 560 miles north of Ypsilanti roughly a 12-hour drive. The Porcupine Mountains themselves arise abruptly from Lake Superior to form a 12-mile long steep ridge, which is parallel to the lakeshore for a distance of 1.5 miles. At 2 billion years old, the mountains are one of the oldest mountain chains in the world. On the landward side of the steep ridge is Lake of the Clouds, which is one of the most spectacular views to be found from the high peaks in the area (Porcupine Mountains, 2001 - 2009). A second ridge farther inland, on the other side of Lake of the Clouds, includes Summit Peak . Summit Peak has one of the highest points in the mountains at 1,958 feet (595 m).The Porcupine Mountains are home to the most extensive stand of old growth northern hardwood forest in North America west of the Adirondack Mountains , spanning at lest 31,000 acres. Rivers, waterfalls, swamps, and lakes lie between the rocky outcroppings (Porcupine Mountains, lest 31,000 acres....
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