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Mt. Rogers, Virginia's highest point, elevation 1746 m (5728 ft) in the southwestern Virginia Blue Ridge. Note summit covered in high altitude spruce-fir forest. Mount Rogers is underlain by purple-gray rhyolite that was erupted from volcanoes approximately 750 Ma. Direction of view is to the northeast. The mountain was named for William Barton Rogers, educated at William and Mary and professor of natural philosophy and chemistry from 1828-1835. He later became Virginia's first State Geologist and founded M.I.T.