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Beyond Country Roads: Exploring the Wild and Wonderful of West Virginia

andyg 于2006-12-03发布 l 已有人浏览
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&raquo Download Audio(mp3) By Marilyn Christiano and directed by Caty Weaver 2006-12-3 VOICE ONE: Welco

most of the people in the state were farmers in the eighteen hundreds. then two natural resources -- coal and trees -- became important. mining of coal and logging of the forests became major industries as transportation improved on the rivers and railroads were built. coal and wood continue to be important to the state's economy.

toward the end of the twentieth century, tourism became an important industry. the number of visitors to west virginia continues to increase every year.

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voice one:

the potomac highlands area of west virginia has a lot of sandstone. sandstone is a soft rock. the action of wind and water can form cave openings like natural rooms within the rock.

two major caves are open to the public near smoke hole and seneca rocks. seneca caverns and smoke hole caverns have been used through the ages. native americans used them to build fires to dry their food. during the civil war, soldiers from both sides used them at different times to store weapons. now these caves provide underground experiences for visitors.

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guides lead groups on lighted paths down into the ground and through the caves. visitors see wonderful formations hanging from the ceiling and growing up from the floor. it takes centuries for water dripping through the rock to make these beautiful formations.

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voice one:

breathtaking. wonderful. a treasure. these are words that visitors use to describe dolly sods, a large wild area in the potomac highlands of west virginia. about one hundred fifty years ago, a magazine described this same area as very dangerous. it said the forests and undergrowth were so dense, no one could get through them. bears and panthers lived there but no people.

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