10 Fun Mountain Facts

Monday, January 20, 2020

The Earth has a huge variety of different terrain. Some of the most beautiful and majestic locations are mountains. Mountains can form through folding, volcanism, and faulting. Let's learn 10 fun facts about the Mountains.

1. Volcanic mountains are created when melted rock erupts onto the earth’s surface. Many volcanic mountains occur at convergent boundaries. Most of the active volcanoes are concentrated around the edge of the pacific ocean. This area is known as the ring of fire.

2. Fault block mountains form when tension causes the lithosphere to break into normal faults.
At normal faults, the lithosphere drops down. The pieces left standing form fault-block mountains.
The Teton mountains are examples and the Sierra Nevadas.

3. There are at least 109 mountains on Earth with elevations greater than 23,622 ft above sea level. The vast majority of these mountains are located on the edge of the Indian and Eurasian continental plates.

4. Mount Everest is the highest mountain on Earth at 29,021 feet and is celebrated for this, but K2 is almost as tall at 28,251 feet tall.

5.  The Barberton Greenstone Belt in South Africa are considered by most scientists to be the oldest mountains on Earth.

6. Many people love to ski down mountains and the largest ski resort in the world is Les 3 Vallees in

7. Mount Saint Helens is a volcanic mountain and is most famous for its huge eruption on May 18, 1980, the deadliest and destructive volcanic event in U.S. history.

8. Most geologists would define a mountain as a landform that rises at least 1,000 feet above its surrounding area.

9. Belarus is the largest country without mountains.

10. Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan could be considered the two most mountainous countries with over 90% of the country considered to be a mountain.

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