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Is it warm yet where you live? We are still camped out in the 40s and 50s most days, but the milder weather is inevitable even in upstate NY. Time to get out and explore, hike, and enjoy the outdoors. How about some motivation? This week our focus is on the mountain ranges of the world in Geography Quest: Mountain Edition.
Identify the World’s Mountain Ranges
Can you name all the mountain ranges in the world? We can start big and go small.
- List the mountain ranges you can think of by continent– go back and see if you missed any.
- Name countries which have major mountain ranges.
- Name the mountain ranges– can you make a list before you look them up?
- List the mountains you’ve visited.
- Tell which mountains you have hiked and/or summitted.
Map the World’s Mountain Ranges
You can choose the map you’d like for this activity. I might choose several map so you can see the results well.
- Use a world map to show where mountains ranges are located.
- Using your continent list, print a map of each continent and label the mountains with a triangle symbol.
- Label the mountains on country maps using your list of countries as a resource. (after you check accuracy- of course!)
- Look at where the mountain ranges are located. Is there relationship between where you find mountains and the earth’s geology? Can you explain it?
Fast Facts on Mountains
Now it’s time to see if you can locate these mountain facts. Ready?
- Identify the tallest mountain range in the world. Any guesses?
- What is the longest range of mountains?
- What is the mountain/range with the lowest elevation?
- Which mountains are the shortest- as in the size of the mountain “chain”?
- Identify famous “through hikes” of mountain ranges. The east coast of the US has one. Are there others?
- How are mountains made?
- What is the ring of fire? Are there mountains nearby?
- Which mountain is the most active volcano?
- Find the mountains that separate Spain and France.
- Can you find any mountains in the news right now?
What else would like to find out about mountains? Try making your own fast fact questions to ask your family.
Does your family enjoy hiking? Have you ever used a topographic map? Now is a great time to try one out. You can find one of your local area through the USGS website.
- Locate a topographical map (topo map) of your area using the USGS site.
- Interpret the symbols on the map. What do the concentric lines mean?
- What does it mean when the lines are close together? Further apart?
- Take a walk with your topo map- this might reveal what the lines mean as well!
- Make your own topo map of your yard. If your yard doesn’t offer much variety in elevation, then try a nearby park or another familiar spot.
- Use the topo map to mark places on your trail. We have a map of a few local trails which we use to make waypoints for navigating our way.
Mountains provide much beauty and reveal the fierceness our planet can experience both in form and function (ie the weather!). Take on this week’s Geography Quest and enjoy a mountain adventure!