How do fold mountains form ?
- fristly sediment is transported into what is called a geosycline and this is simply a big dip in the earth's crust , when i came to the formation of the alps the mediterrean acted as this , it was then filled by rivers with sediment
- the sediment was then compacted through platte movement and more sediment being added.
- after being compacted the sediment turns in to sedimentary rock
- after further plate movement this rock is squashed, crumpled and bent to form fold mountains
A case study example the Alps and uses of fold mou
the alps are situated in france on near to the Italian bourder it is a popular tourist destinantion for wintter sports for example skiing and snow boarding with 10million people visiting every year . Hydro electric power is common in most mountain ranges and this is because of the steep slopes and melting water from both snow and glaciers - the capital of the berne area of switzerland gets get 60% of their electricity from HEP prouced in the alps. dairy farming is common as the soil is not suitble for growing grows on they are moved season to season to keeps them safe there is also vineyars in the alps
energy intensive processes like purifiying aluminum takes place here as well as forestry and saw milling because they need so much energy and this can be gained here from HEP
The two sides of a fold mountain range
the south ( ubac slope) is the cold wet side where all of the winter sports take place and where all of the glaciers are and there for where all the industry and HEP stations are
the adret north slope is the sunny nice one where all of the dairy farming takes place and this is where the more fertile soil is on the mountains