National Geographic : 1951 May
582 Laurence Lowry Ski Runs, Like Comb Lines, Part Cannon Mountain's Shaggy Hair in All Directions To many persons, Cannon is known as Profile Mountain, owing to the Great Stone Face profiled by Nature on its shoulder (page 584). Here, at the summit, White Mountain ranges roll away toward southern New Hampshire. An aerial tramway lands skiers in the open-mouth shed (page 588). A shorter T-bar lift is indicated by the building and post on right. Cannon Mountain Trail, Ravine Trail, and Richard Taft Race Course all start close to this point (page 595). cavern 80 feet high has been hollowed out of almost solid marble. Pillars of marble 30 feet thick hold up the roof. Against the rever berating roar of "channeling" machines cut ting even farther into the mountain, I could barely hear my guide when he shouted; yet the workmen learn to pitch their voices so that they can talk in ordinary tones. Marble Has Manifold Uses Like granite, marble can be sawed, planed, turned, and shaped. Gang saws having as many as 60 steel blades, with sand fed under them, slice big blocks into thin sheets. Vermont marble is the material of the Amphitheater at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, and of the Supreme Court Building and Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D. C. It is widely used in cemetery monuments and mausoleums. Many varieties and colors go into interior wall wainscoting, floor and wall tiling, mantels and fireplace facings, church altars, fonts, and statues, soda fountains, and garden furniture. Translucent slabs, half an inch thick or even less, lighted from behind, make decorative panels for store fronts and theater lobbies. Ground as fine as flour, marble forms "body" for rouge, toothpaste, paints, rubber, and linoleum. If you go to a banquet or send some flowers to your wife or best girl anywhere from New York to Chicago or New Orleans, the ferns decorating the table or garnishing the bouquet very likely were picked originally on Vermont mountainsides (page 601). Mort Ackert showed me the warehouse in Danby where he keeps 20 million ferns in cold storage for shipment to wholesale florists all over the eastern United States. From August to October, when farm work i is'