Heath Balds of the Southern Appalachians

Heath balds are mountain tops devoid of trees and vegetated by ericaceous shrubs such as Rhododendron, Azalea, and Mountain Laurel.  Why these mountains are not covered in trees is still a mystery despite efforts to discover their origin.  Dr. Young has received grants in the past to study heath balds and is still investigating their origins.


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