Fold Mountains - Case Study

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  • Fold Mountains - Case Study
    • Alps - Central Europe
    • Formed 30 million years ago - collision between African and European plates
    • Mont Blanc - tallest peak at 4810m
    • Around 12 million people - population
    • Farming
      • Steep upland areas used for goats - provide milk cheese and meat
      • Sunnier slopes - terraced to plant vineyards
    • Tourism
      • 100 million tourists each yeah - huge part of economy
      • 70% in winter used for skiing, snowboarding and ice climbing
      • New villages been built to cater for tourists
      • Ski runs, ski lifts, cable cars, holiday chalets and restaurants
    • Hydro-electric power
      • Narrow valleys dammed to generate HEP
      • The electricity produced is used locally and also cities further away
    • Mining
      • Salt, iron, gold, silver and copper were mined in the Alps - declined
    • Forestry
      • Scots pine is more resilient to munching goats - trees are sold to make furniture
    • People have adapted
      • Steep relief - sheep well adapted
      • Poor Soils - not good for growing crops, farming animals good
      • Limited Communications - Roads and tunnels have been built

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