Mountains

Mountains don't have a precise definition, but they are landforms that rise considerably around the surrounding landscape. Whether something is called a mountain or not can often vary from region to region. Mountains can form when plate tectonic processes, for example, when two plates collide and smash together, as in the case of the Himalayan mountain range. Mountains can also form from volcanic processes, such as Mount St. Helens. Mountains have varying ecosystems moving up their slopes, with some life adapted to the high mountain environment. Read about the latest studies about and exploration of mountains and their environments below.
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Light in Cloud Forests Can Outshine a Sunny Day
rainfall, climate change
December 30th, 2013
Cloud forests actually may see brighter light levels than sunny forest expanses, but despite this are surprisingly tolerant of drought, new research finds.
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Hunting Uncharted Undersea Mountains, From Space
Seamounts in the Western Pacific
March 4th, 2014
The oceans are a lot more uncharted than our maps would have us believe. New satellite technology can help fill in the seafloor gaps.
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Mountains Crumbled When Earth Cooled
Tibet glaciers
December 18th, 2013
A big chill 2 million years ago bred glaciers that scoured mountains across the planet, pouring trillions of tons of mud into the oceans.
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