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Two Of Europes Majestic , Snow Capped Mountain Ranges Are Visible In This Image ...

Two Of Europes Majestic , Snow Capped Mountain Ranges Are Visible In This Image  ...

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File name: image03192006_LOW.jpg
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Description: Two of Europes majestic , snow capped mountain ranges are visible in this image acquired on March 14 , 2006 The Alps appear as an arc across the upper right corner of the image the Alps cover parts of Italy , Switzerland , Slovenia , France , Germany , Lichtenstein , and Austria The Alps were formed when the plates that form the continents of Eurasia and Africa collided during the last 20 30 million years The peaks and valleys that we see today were largely formed by glaciation during the last 2 million years or so Glaciers in this area have been retreating for about the last 10 , 000 years , leaving behind some of the regions lakes , such as Neuchatel and Geneva The Pyrenees Mountain range is located above the lower left portion of the image , in almost a straight line from left to right parallel to the bottom of the image The Pyrenees began to form between 100 and 150 million years ago , when the plate that carries present day Spain slammed ( in geologic standards of velocity ) into the plate that carries present day France The Pyrenees are much older than the Alps , which were formed when the plates that form the continents of Eurasia and Africa collided during the last 20 30 million years One might expect , then , the older mountain range would be far lower and more " worn " , having been exposed to the process of erosion for a far greater period , much in the same way as the relatively old Appalachians are far more eroded than the much younger Rockies However , the Pyrenees are dominated by harder granites , while the Alps are mostly softer limestone , making the former more durable and resistant to change Nonetheless , the Pyrenees are lower on average about 300 meters ( 1 , 000 feet ) than the Alps

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