Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Alabama's Flagg Mountain eyed as trailhead for Appalachian Trail extension along Pinhoti Trail | al.com

Link: Alabama's Flagg Mountain eyed as trailhead for Appalachian Trail extension along Pinhoti Trail | al.com.

EXCERPT: From the old CCC-built fire tower atop Flagg Mountain, you can look out on an unobstructed 360-degree panorama: diminishing green hills and valleys playing out to the south and west, and to the north and east the rising ridges of the Appalachian Mountains, with the trees just beginning to turn to autumn colors.
In the minds of some dreamers, this dramatic view should be a first sight for hikers to behold as they set off for Maine on the Appalachian Trail. At 1,152 feet, Flagg Mountain is, according to at least one common definition, the southernmost Appalachian mountain. Heres' a complete selection of pictures taken by Birmingham News photographer Michelle Williams.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Climate change is shrinking size of many animals, University of Alabama researcher says | al.com

Climate change is shrinking size of many animals, University of Alabama researcher says | al.com: From sheep in Scotland, to the common toad, to marine iguanas on the Galapagos Islands, numerous varieties of animals are shrinking in body size in an apparent response to climate change, according to a new paper co-authored by University of Alabama post-doctoral student Jennifer Sheridan.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Icon Fred Shuttlesworth, overlooked by history, breathed life into civil rights story | al.com

Icon Fred Shuttlesworth, overlooked by history, breathed life into civil rights story | al.com: BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Alabama is the only state in the country where the K-12 history curriculum mentions the late civil rights leader Fred Shuttlesworth. Historians say that's a shame, considering his key role in events that shaped the nation, but it's also not surprising, since the history of the movement is given relatively short shrift.

Wreck found in Delta not the Clotilda, the last American slave ship | AL.com

It was a good story and a worthy quest. Which will continue. Wreck found in Delta not the Clotilda, the last American slave ship | AL.com ...