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Mount Nittany
Mount Nittany
is the common name for Nittany Mountain, a prominent geographic feature in Centre County, Pennsylvania, USA. The mountain is part of a ridge that separates Nittany Valley
Nittany Valley
from Penns Valley, with the enclosed Sugar Valley between them. On USGS
topographic maps, Nittany Mountain is generally shown as the lower ridge line that runs below Big Mountain on the west and Big Kettle Mountain on the east side, coming together to form a single ridge line at the southern terminus. This nomenclature is not always consistently applied to the same geologic formation, and there is a shorter Nittany Mountain ridge shown above the Sugar Valley as well. Penn State University
Penn State University
lies at the foot of Mount Nittany; the athletic teams and the mascot of the school, the Nittany Lion, are named in honor of the mountain.[1]


1 Etymology 2 History 3 Geology 4 References 5 External links

Etymology[edit] The word Nittany is derived from the Algonquian word Nit-A-Nee meaning "single mountain". According to the Penn State folklore, Nit-A-Nee is also the name of an Native American maiden whose actions caused Mount Nittany to be formed. The original inhabitants of the area used Nit-A-Nee to describe the mountain, and it likely became commonly known as Nittany by the first Europeans to settle the area in the 18th century. The word Nittany was already in use by the time Pennsylvania State University was founded. Some sources cite the word Nit-A-Nee as meaning "barrier against the wind", which is not as likely.[2] History[edit] In 1945, the landowners of Mount Nittany
Mount Nittany
were preparing to sell the mountain, allegedly to use timber rights. The alumni of the Lion's Paw Senior Society who heard of this bought an option to buy the mountain. It took the Lion's Paw alumni until May 1946 to raise the money needed to buy the mountain. In 1981, Lion's Paw established the Mount Nittany Conservancy, an organization intended to raise money from the general public in addition to the money raised by Lion's Paw members. Since its establishment, the Mount Nittany
Mount Nittany
Conservancy has purchased hundreds of additional acres on Mount Nittany. In 2013, The Nittany Valley
Nittany Valley
Society published Conserving Mount Nittany: A Dynamic Environmentalism, a book by Thomas A. Shakely on the history of local conservation efforts in the 20th century that incorporates other histories of the mountain and valley.[3] Geology[edit]

Aerial view of Mount Nittany
Mount Nittany
as seen from State College

" Mount Nittany
Mount Nittany
is part of the Ridge and Valley
Ridge and Valley
province of the Appalachian Mountains."[4] The neighboring Bald Eagle, Tussey and Shriner Mountains are part of the same sedimentary formation consisting of, from youngest to oldest, Tuscarora Formation
Tuscarora Formation
Quartzite, Juniata Formation
Juniata Formation
Shale, and Bald Eagle Formation
Bald Eagle Formation
Sandstone. These layers were folded during the Appalachian orogeny. Nittany Mountain is part of a synclinal depression of the anticlinal Nittany Arch, which originally formed a huge mountain, since eroded, that towered over what is now Nittany Valley. The present Nittany and Big Mountain ridges were originally a valley in this ancient mountain. The Nittany ridge line is topped by the erosion resistant Bald Eagle Sandstone. The more durable Tuscasora Quartzite
formations are found exposed on the higher ridges of the northern end of the same syncline: Big Mountain to "Riansares Mountain" and Big Kettle Mountain to "The Winehead". The more easily eroded Juniata Shale
forms the depression between the lower and higher ridges, and the drainage from this area cut small ravines in the Nittany ridge line. The same three rock layers are exposed in the neighboring ridges. Beneath the sedimentary layers is a formation of dolomite and limestone. The Bald Eagle Sandstone
topping Mt. Nittany prevents the erosion of the underlying limestone to the same level as the surrounding limestone valleys.[citation needed] References[edit]

^ "Spirit and Traditions". Penn State Athletics. Retrieved 2015-03-09.  ^ Buchignani, Christopher. "The Legends of the Nittany Valley (Introduction)". The Nittany Valley
Nittany Valley
Society. Retrieved 9 July 2013.  ^ Shakely, Thomas A. "New Book Tells the Story of Our Mountain". The Nittany Valley
Nittany Valley
Society. Retrieved 9 July 2013.  ^ Pennsylvania
State University - Nittany Mountain

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