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A mountain is considered to be a large land form that extends above the surrounding land in a limited area, usually ending in the form of a peak. Mountains are generally steeper than hills. Mountains are formed through tectonic forces or volcanism. These forces can raise the surface of the earth locally. Mountains erode slowly through the action of rivers, weather conditions & glaciers. A few mountains are isolated summits, but most occur in huge mountain ranges.

High elevations on mountains produce colder climates than at sea level. These colder climates strongly affect the ecosystems of mountains: different elevations have different plants & animals. Because of the less hospitable terrain & climate, mountains tend to be used less for agriculture & more for resource extraction & recreation, such as mountain climbing & skiing.

“And finally Winter, with its bitin’, whinin’ wind, & all the land will be mantled with snow.”

– Roy Bean

“The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world & wake up in another quite different & if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?”

– J. B. Priestley

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Did You Know?

Some of the world’s tallest mountains lie for the largest part underwater, with only their summits breaking the surface. Mauna Kea in Hawaii rises 33,480 ft/10,205 m from the bottom of the ocean, which makes it taller than Mount Everest.

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