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Cherokee in Swain County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Land of Diversity

 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 14, 2009
1. Land of Diversity Marker
Inscription. Few Places in North America sustain a greater variety of life than the Great Smoky Mountains. The forests, streams, and meadows here support more than 100 types of trees, 58 kinds of fish, some 1,500 flowering plants, more than 200 bird species, and an array of mammals that includes black bear, red wolf, and gray fox.

Such abundance is a function of topography and climate. Varying elevations provide endless combinations of moisture, temperature, wind, sunlight, and soil types. Most plant species of eastern North America can find a niche somewhere among the slopes and coves of the Smokies. And in a few cases, the region has nurtured species all its own; some plants and animals here are found nowhere else.
 
Erected by National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 35° 35.381′ N, 83° 22.242′ W. Marker is in Cherokee, North Carolina, in Swain County. Marker is on U.S. 441. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cherokee NC 28719, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fifty Years of Mountain Logging (approx. 1.6 miles away); Measure of Men (approx. 2 miles away); Where Man Is Only a Visitor
Land of Diversity Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 14, 2009
2. Land of Diversity Marker
The aptly names slimy salamander is one of 27 salamander species in 12 different genera found in the Great Smoky Mountains. The Smokies have one of the most diverse salamander populations on earth.
(approx. 2.4 miles away); Spared the Saw (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Great Smokies (approx. 3.4 miles away); Rockefeller Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles away in Tennessee); The Appalachian Trail (approx. 3.4 miles away); Hands That Built (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cherokee.
 
Categories. AnimalsEnvironmentNatural Features
 
Pink Ladyslipper image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 14, 2009
3. Pink Ladyslipper
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 18, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 833 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 18, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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