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White Mountains
Mica laden granite, the inspiration behind the "white" in the White Mountains.


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nartrebnot likely


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I don't buy the rock-color theory of the name. There's basically no white rock visible from around the mountains. For example, I think this photo shows the quartzite block at Star Lake, which is not visible at all from below. The rest of the rock in the Whites just isn't shiny enough to inspire a name. It's much more likely that the mountains were named when there was some snow on them.
Posted Sep 9, 2010 5:06 pm

mike_lindacherRe: not likely


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i think you're right, but i'm just going with the urban myth, or in this case, what i'm reading off wikipedia. this hunk of mica (at least that's what i'm reading via multiple sources) is adjacent to a small pond east and up above the madison hut.
Posted Sep 9, 2010 11:53 pm

nartrebRe: not likely


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Yep, that's the rock I was thinking of. I recall it as much too granular to be mica, which has a sheetlike cleavage, though I'm no geologist. We can just call it a feldspatic megacryst.
Posted Sep 10, 2010 7:53 am

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mike_lindacherSubmitted by mike_lindacher
on Sep 7, 2010 10:25 pm

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