The Adirondack region is the most noticeable feature on a map of New York State.  The area is sandwiched between the St. Lawrnece Valley in the north and the Mohawk Valley in the south and makes up a circular region with a diameter of roughly 200 km.  The Adirondacks are sometimes mistakenly included in the Appalachian system.  They are actually a separate region, but do make up a southern extension of the Canadian Shield.  The region contains 46 peaks over 1220 m and includes the highest point in the state: Mount Marcy is 1629 m high (

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The region can be divided into two sections, the Central Highlands and the Northwest Lowlands.  These two areas are separated by the Carthage-Colton Mylonite Zone.  This separation zone is a narrow band made up of intensely deformed rocks (Roecker).

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