Mountains

The origins of the Earth's mountain systems
Author: Graham Park
Publisher: Dunedin Academic Press
ISBN: 1780465793
Category: Nature
Page: 528
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Most mountains on Earth occur within relatively well-defined, narrow belts separated by wide expanses of much lower-lying ground. Their distribution is not random but is caused by the now well-understood geological processes of plate tectonics. Some mountains mark the site of a former plate collision – where one continental plate has ridden up over another, resulting in a zone of highly deformed and elevated rocks. Others are essentially volcanic in origin. The most obvious mountain belts today – the Himalayas, the Alps and the Andes, for example - are situated at currently active plate boundaries. Others, such as the Caledonian mountains of the British Isles and Scandinavia, are the product of a plate collision that happened far in the geological past and have no present relationship to a plate boundary. These are much lower, with a generally gentler relief, worn down through millennia of erosion. The presently active mountain belts are arranged in three separate systems: the Alpine-Himalayan ranges, the circum-Pacific belt and the mid-ocean ridges. Much of the Alpine-Himalayan belt is relatively well known, but large parts of the circum-Pacific and ocean-ridge systems are not nearly as familiar, but contain equally impressive mountain ranges despite large parts being partly or wholly submerged. This book takes the reader along the active mountain systems explaining how plate tectonic processes have shaped them, then looks more briefly at some of the older mountain systems whose tectonic origins are more obscure. It is aimed at those with an interest in mountains and in developing an understanding of the geological processes that create them. The author, Graham Park is Emeritus Professor of Tectonic Geology at the University of Keele and the author of the best-selling books 'Introducing Geology' and 'The Making of Europe: A geological history' among others by him also published by Dunedin Academic Press.

The Amenity Migrants

Seeking and Sustaining Mountains and Their Cultures
Author: Laurence A. G. Moss
Publisher: CABI
ISBN: 1845930363
Category: Science
Page: 329
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Places with perceived high environmental quality and distinctive culture are globally attracting amenity migrants. Today this societal driving force is particularly manifest in mountain areas, and while beneficial for both the newcomers and locals, is also threatening highland ecologies and their human communities.

Illustrated Atlas of the Himalaya


Author: David Zurick,Julsun Pacheco
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813138566
Category: Reference
Page: 228
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The Himalaya are world-renowned for their exquisite mountain scenery, ancient traditions, and diverse ethnic groups that tenaciously inhabit this harsh yet sublime landscape. Home to the world's highest peaks, including Mount Everest, and some of its deepest gorges, the region is a trove of biological and cultural diversity. Providing a panoramic overview of contemporary land and life in the Earth's highest mountains, the Illustrated Atlas of the Himalaya is the first full-color, comprehensive atlas of the geography, economics, politics, and culture of this spectacular area. Drawing from the authors' twenty-five years of scholarship and field experience in the region, the volume contains a stunning and unique collection of maps utilizing state-of-the-art cartography, exquisite photography, and engagingly-written text to give accurate coverage of the Himalaya. The volume covers the entire 2,700-kilometer length of the mountain range, from the Indus Valley in northern Pakistan and India, across Nepal and Bhutan, to the hidden realms of northeast India. The Illustrated Atlas of the Himalaya not only offers detailed explanations of geological formations, climate, vegetation, and natural resources but also explores the human dimension of the region's culture and economy. The authors devote special attention to discovery and travel, including exploration, mountaineering, and trekking. Packed with over 300 easy-to-read, custom designed full color maps and photographs and detailed text and map indexes, the Illustrated Atlas of the Himalaya is a superb collector's volume and an essential reference to this vast and complex mountain region.

The Mountains of My Life


Author: Walter Bonatti
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
ISBN: 037575640X
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 442
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The legendary mountaineer describes his adventures in such ranges as the Alps and Himalayas, and provides details of what really happened during a controversial 1954 Italian expedition that made the first ascent of K2.

How Mountains Are Made


Author: Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062435760
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 32
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29,028 feet tall and still growing?! Even though Mount Everest measures 29,028 feet high, it may be growing about two inches a year. A mountain might be thousands of feet high, but it can still grow taller or shorter each year. Mountains are created when the huge plates that make up the earth's outer shell very slowly pull and push against one another. Read and find out about all the different kinds of mountains.

Sacred Geometry of the Earth

The Ancient Matrix of Monuments and Mountains
Author: Mark Vidler,Catherine Young
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1620554690
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 288
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Identifies the patterns of our planet’s design within the natural landscape • Explains the geometry inherent in the mountains and coasts on all continents • Reveals how ancient monuments were built to reflect and enhance the Earth’s design, often connecting sites around the world • Includes detailed maps that show the simple geometrical relationships among the world’s mountains, coastlines, islands, and ancient monuments From continent to continent across the globe, Mark Vidler and Catherine Young reveal that order is everywhere on Earth. On remote islands, soaring summits, and level deltas, they unveil natural topographic patterns related to pi, the golden ratio, and right-triangle geometry. And as the planet’s design emerges, it becomes clear that this hidden order in nature decided the location of ancient monuments the world over. Through detailed maps, Vidler and Young show how the locations of megalithic monuments reflect and enhance a natural pattern on the Earth that connects its major features. The rows of standing stones at Carnac in France, for example, point to the summits of Mount Everest and K2, and Angkor Wat in Cambodia is on a straight line joining Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa and the tip of Cape Comorin in India. The authors examine the geography of many islands and each continent, including Antarctica, to show how the highest peak on each landmass falls on a line connecting coastal extremes. They reveal how circles of standing stones and man-made mounds mark intersections of these lines. They explore the connection between the Nazca lines in Peru and the Amazon, Nile, and Ganges deltas and explain how the locations of the Giza pyramids, Stonehenge, and Machu Picchu are integrated into the natural design on Earth. As they uncover geometric patterns on the Earth line by line, point by point, the authors reveal how the world’s ancient monuments represent a form of transglobal communication that far predates the written word.

Family of Earth

A Southern Mountain Childhood
Author: Wilma Dykeman
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469629151
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 208
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Discovered as a typewritten manuscript only after her death in 2006, Family of Earth allows us to see into the young mind of author and Appalachian native Wilma Dykeman (1920–2006), who would become one of the American South's most prolific and storied writers. Focusing on her childhood in Buncombe County, Dykeman reveals a perceptive and sophisticated understanding of human nature, the environment, and social justice. And yet, for her words' remarkable polish, her voice still resonates as raw and vital. Against the backdrop of early twentieth-century life in Asheville, she chronicles the touching, at times harrowing, story of her family's fortunes, plotting their rise and fall in uncertain economic times and ending with her father's sudden death in 1934 when she was fourteen years old. Featuring a new foreword by fellow North Carolinian Robert Morgan, Family of Earth stands as a new major literary work by a groundbreaking author.

The Roof at the Bottom of the World

Discovering the Transantarctic Mountains
Author: Edmund Stump
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300171978
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 254
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DIVA fascinating portrait and history of the most obscure mountains on Earth, by a modern scientist-explorer with unsurpassed knowledge of the region/div

Mountains

Masterworks of the Living Earth
Author: Paul Tapponnier,Kevin Kling
Publisher: "Harry N. Abrams, Inc."
ISBN: N.A
Category: Nature
Page: 319
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Keepers of legend and witness to natures greatest movement, mountains are regarded with awe and admiration by every culture that has these staggering wonders in its midst. In this stunning book, a geologist and a nature photographer provide a tour of the worlds most spectacular mountain ranges, revealing their fascinating scientific origins and tracing their natural histories. Studying closely the young mountains found in the Himalayas and Andes ranges, and explaining how ranges like the Rockies are dying, the books incisive text reveals the secrets of a mountains birth, its endurance against erosive elements, and its march towards an inevitable demise. Illustrated throughout with breathtaking photographs, Mountains shows how the living earth creates these natural wonders. Keepers of legend and witness to natures greatest movement, mountains are regarded with awe and admiration by every culture that has these staggering wonders in its midst. In this stunning book, a geologist and a nature photographer provide a tour of the worlds most spectacular mountain ranges, revealing their fascinating scientific origins and tracing their natural histories. Studying closely the young mountains found in the Himalayas and Andes ranges, and explaining how ranges like the Rockies are dying, the books incisive text reveals the secrets of a mountains birth, its endurance against erosive elements, and its march towards an inevitable demise. Illustrated throughout with breathtaking photographs, Mountains shows how the living earth creates these natural wonders.

"T. rex" and the Crater of Doom


Author: Walter Alvarez
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400847400
Category: Science
Page: 208
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Sixty-five million years ago, a comet or asteroid larger than Mount Everest slammed into the Earth, inducing an explosion equivalent to the detonation of a hundred million hydrogen bombs. Vaporized detritus blasted through the atmosphere upon impact, falling back to Earth around the globe. Disastrous environmental consequences ensued: a giant tsunami, continent-scale wildfires, darkness, and cold, followed by sweltering greenhouse heat. When conditions returned to normal, half the plant and animal genera on Earth had perished. This horrific chain of events is now widely accepted as the solution to a great scientific mystery: what caused the extinction of the dinosaurs? Walter Alvarez, one of the Berkeley scientists who discovered evidence of the impact, tells the story behind the development of the initially controversial theory. It is a saga of high adventure in remote locations, of arduous data collection and intellectual struggle, of long periods of frustration ended by sudden breakthroughs, of friendships made and lost, and of the exhilaration of discovery that forever altered our understanding of Earth's geological history.

Mountains of the World


Author: Dieter Braun
Publisher: Nobrow Press
ISBN: 9781912497942
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 96
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Wild Animals of The North creator, Dieter Braun, explores mountains of the world in his latest nonfiction picture book. Mountains have been the fascination (and sometimes the downfall) of adventurers and explorers throughout history. Meet the animal inhabitants of these rocky peaks, as well as the brave travelers who challenged their great heights. Climb into this immersive book and explore the top of the world, from the peaks of Kilimanjaro to the summit of Mount Everest. Revel in the lush illustrations by Wild Animals of The North creator, Dieter Braun, in this celebration of mountains all over the world.

How the Earth Works

An Illustrated Guide to the Wonders of Our Planet
Author: Sol 90
Publisher: Chartwell Books
ISBN: 0785834397
Category: Nature
Page: 256
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Covers animals, climate samples, earth history, biomes, volcanoes, geology, water, radiation, earthquake samples, plant samples, and so much more! Will teach you how continents move. Show how mountains are built and then eroded away. Follows our world on her ever-changing journey in slow motion with acute attention to detail. Compiles the history of the earth and all of our knowledge on the way the different pieces of the planet fit together. This inspiring book explains, with info-graphics, 3D illustrations and surprising cutaways, the function of thousands of organisms, natural systems and atmospheric systems, geographical and geological phenomena. How the Earth Works is a work intended to put the world in the hands of all readers, for the understanding of the most complex mechanisms that rule the natural world. The entire family will have the perfect editorial ally to get immersed in the intricacies of our planet and all its natural beauties and creatures.

Over the Mountains

An Aerial View of Geology
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781931414180
Category: Photography
Page: 127
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Explores the geological forces that shape the landscape of planet Earth, with detailed, full-color, large-format photographs that cover the geology and features of every major mountain range in the United States, as well as easy-to-understand explanations of the processes at work.

Plate Tectonics

An Insider's History Of The Modern Theory Of The Earth
Author: Naomi Oreskes
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 0429977913
Category: Science
Page: 448
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Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Moves Water Around the Earth


Author: Molly Bang,Penny Chisholm
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 0545805422
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 48
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In this brightly illustrated narrative, readers will learn about the constant movement of water as it flows around the Earth and the sun's important role as water changes between liquid, vapor, and ice. From sea to sky, the sun both heats and cools water, ensuring that life can exist on Earth. How does the sun keep ocean currents moving, and lift fresh water from the seas? And what can we do to conserve one of our planet's most precious resources? Perfect for any young reader eager to learn more about his or her world, this is an invaluable addition to any classroom, library, or at-home collection. With stunning artwork and compelling scientific explanation, Bang and Chisholm have brought forth a masterpiece that is critically relevant in this environmentally tumultuous time. The newest book in the award-winning Sunlight Series is an important and beautiful exploration one of our planet's delicate geological cycles, clearly and simply presented for young readers.

The Last Kids on Earth


Author: Max Brallier
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0670016616
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 240
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"After a monster apocalypse hits town, average thirteen-year-old Jack Sullivan builds a team of friends to help slay the eerily intelligent monster known as Blarg"--