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Arabia Mountain, Lithonia

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Arabia Mountain is a monadnock in DeKalb County, Georgia. The peak is 954 feet (290m) above sea level, rising 170 feet (52m) above Arabia Lake reservoir. It is now part of the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, a DeKalb County park.Geology and historyArabia Mountain is one of Metro Atlanta's three monadnocks, which includes Stone Mountain, Panola Mountain, and Arabia Mountain. The unique topography and geology of this monadnock allows for unusual plant and animal species to thrive. Arabia Mountain has five species that are listed as both state and federally endangered, including the bright-red diamorpha plant that lives in small pools of water (known as vernal pools or solution pits) that form on the monadnock.Panola Mountain is 3.63 miles (5.84 km) to the southwest. While designated as one peak on USGS maps, most users familiar with the area consider the rock formation to be two peaks: Arabia Mountain to the northeast, and Bradley Mountain to the southeast, connected by a low saddle.Arabia Mountain appears to be composed of granite, like other nearby peaks such as Stone Mountain and Panola Mountain. Although made of metamorphic rock, the mountain is actually composed of migmatite, metamorphosed at higher temperatures than gneiss but not sufficiently melted to become granite. The resulting swirl pattern made the rock a popular building stone and many buildings in the region were constructed with stone quarried from the Lithonia district quarries.
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  • August 8, 2017
    Nature so peaceful and tranquil to behold with beautiful nature trail I think the best spot to have a picnic or take photos just walk with a loved one hand in hand  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    Great to walk and enjoy nature. Scenic sites and great exercise. Parking is never a problem and feel safe while exploring and on the trail.  more »
  • June 22, 2017
    My husband and I are always trying to find new and different things to do in Atlanta even after living here since 1982. We research and come up with something cool and interesting about once or twice ...  more »

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