Resources About Mountains For Kids

A mountain is a large landform that stretches above the surrounding land in a limited area, usually in the form of a peak. A mountain is generally steeper than a hill. Mountains are formed through tectonic forces or volcanism.

Facts About The Cascade Mountains For Kids

The Cascade Range (or Cascades) is a major mountain range of western North America, extending from southern British Columbia through Washington and Oregon to Northern California. The small part of the range in BritishColumbia is referred to as the Canadian Cascades or, locally, as the Cascade Mountains. The Cascades are part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, the ring of volcanoes and associated mountains around the Pacific Ocean. The two most recent were Lassen Peak in […]

Facts about the Alps for Kids

The Alps are one of the great mountain range systems of Europe stretching approximately 750 mi across eight Alpine countries from Austria and Slovenia in the east, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, France to the west and Italy and Monaco to the south. Extreme shortening resulted in marine sedimentary rocks rising by thrusting and folding into high mountain peaks such as Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn. The Alpine region area contains many peaks higher […]

Facts about The Pyrenees Mountains for Kids

The Pyrenees is a range of mountains in southwest Europe that forms a natural border between France and Spain. It separates the Iberian Peninsula from the rest of continental Europe, and extends for about 305 mi from the Bay of Biscay (Cap Higuer) to the Mediterranean (Cap de Creus). For the most part, the main crest forms a massive divider between France and Spain, with the […]

Facts about the Andes Mountains for Kids

The Andes is the longest continental mountain range in the world. The Andes extend from north to south through seven South American countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. The Andes is the location of several high plateaux – some of which host major cities such as Quito, Bogotá, Arequipa, Medellín, Sucre, and […]

Catskill Mountains Facts For Kids

The Catskill Mountains lie in southeastern New York State. The area is known for the Catskill Forest Preserve, with its rich wildlife and hiking trails, and ski resorts including Hunter Mountain and Belleayre Mountain.  The Catskills are located approximately 100 miles north-northwest of New York City and 40 miles southwest of Albany, starting west of the Hudson River. The […]

Facts about the Santa Monica Mountains For Kids

Because of its proximity to densely populated regions it is one of the most visited natural areas in California. The range extends approximately 40 miles east-west from the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles to Point Mugu in Ventura County. The western mountains, separating the Conejo Valley from Malibu, suddenly end at Mugu Peak as the rugged, nearly impassible shoreline gives […]

Cool Facts about Mount Everest for Kids

Mount Everest is the Earth’s highest mountain, with a peak at 29,029 ft above sea level. In 1856, the Great Trigonometric Survey of British India established the first published height of Everest, then known as Peak XV, at 29,002 ft. In 1865, Everest was given its official English name by the Royal Geographical Society upon a recommendation by Andrew Waugh, […]

Facts about the Ural Mountains for Kids

The Ural mountains lie within the Ural geographical region and significantly overlap with the Ural Federal District and Ural economic region. They are rich in various deposits, including metal ores, coal, precious and semi-precious stones. Since the 18th century the mountains have been a major mineral base of Russia. As attested by Sigismund von Herberstein, in the 16th century […]

Facts about Mount Kilimanjaro For Kids

Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcanic mountain in Tanzania.It is the highest mountain in Africa, and rises approximately 16,001 ft from its base to 19,341 ft above sea level. The first recorded ascent to the summit of the mountain was by Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller in 1889. The mountain is part of the Kilimanjaro National Park and […]

Facts about the Blue Ridge Mountains for Kids

The Blue Ridge Mountains are a physiographic province of the larger Appalachian Mountains range. To the west of the Blue Ridge, between it and the bulk of the Appalachians, lies the Great Appalachian Valley, bordered on the west by the Ridge and Valley province of the Appalachian range. Trees put the “blue” in Blue Ridge, from the […]

Cool Facts about the Himalaya Mountains for Kids

The Himalaya Range or Himalaya Mountains, usually called the Himalayas or Himalaya, is a mountain range immediately to the north of the Indian subcontinent. By extension, it can also refer to the massive mountain system that additionally includes the Karakoram, the Hindu Kush, and other lesser ranges that extend out from the Pamir Knot. Some […]

Facts about Mont Blanc for Kids

Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps, Western Europe, and the European Union. It is also sometimes known as La Dame blanche (French for “the White Lady”) or Il Bianco (Italian for “the White One”). The mountain lies in a range called the Graian Alps, between the regions of Aosta Valley, Italy, and Haute-Savoie, France. The […]

Facts about The Appalachian Mountains for Kids

The Appalachian Mountains, often called the Appalachians, are a system of mountains in eastern North America. The Appalachians first formed roughly 480 million years ago during the Ordovician Period, and once reached elevations similar to those of the Alps and the Rocky Mountains before they were eroded. The Appalachian chain is a barrier to east-west travel as it […]

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