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Andes Mountains
These mountains stretch for 4,500 miles across the entire west coast (Knapp). Above sea level, they are longest mountains in the world (Knapp). The Andes are divided into three regions (Knapp). The first is the southern Andes. They are less than 10,000 feet (Knapp). Then there are the central Andes. They lie at about 13,000 feet and are the broadest part of the mountain range (Knapp). The last region is the northern Andes which contain the highest mountains (Knapp). The highest peak is Cristobal Colon at 18,947 feet (Knapp).
Numerous volcanoes and earthquakes in the Andes have affected many towns (
Knapp). Some volcanoes are still active today (Knapp). The most famous volcanoes are Copotaxi, Tungurahura, and Sangay (Knapp).
There are also many glaciers, lakes, and rivers in the Andes (
Knapp). Even close to the equator, there are glaciers in the highest peaks (Knapp). On the west side of the Andes, glaciers cut gaps that cause rivers to flow to the Pacific (Knapp). Many rivers to the Amazon River come from the eastern slopes of the Andes (Knapp). In the section between two ranges of the Andes, water from a high plateau gathers in Lake Titicaca (Knapp).
Aconcagua in the Andes
Aconcagua in the Andes
Andes Mountains
Andes Mountains