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Mountain ranges

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A mountain range is an area of geologically related mountains. They are typically created by plate tectonics (such as the Andes in South America) but can also be formed by other processes. The islands of Hawaii are actually the summits of an underwater mountain range formed by volcanoes.


See Mountaineering for advice around preparing for mountain climbing in general and Altitude sickness, Cold weather and Snow safety for some of the risks. Most mountain ranges have a number of different sized mountains, which can be suited to your level of fitness and experience.




  • Transantarctic Mountains



North America[edit]


South America[edit]

  • Andes, including Aconcagua which at almost 7000 m or 23,000 ft is the highest mountain outside the Greater Himalaya group of ranges

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