Fold Moutains- Case Study
The Alps is a fold mountain range
Location: Central Europe- it stretches across Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Liechtenstein and Slovenia.
Formation: The Alps were formed about 30 million years ago by the collision between the African and European plates.
Tallest peak: Mount Blanc at 4810 m on the Italian-French border.
Population: Around 12 million people.
People use the Alps for lots of things:
Farming: The steep upland areas are used to farm goats, which provide milk, cheese and meat. Some sunnier slopes have been terraced to plant vineyards ( e.g. Lavaux, Switzerland).
Hydro-electric power (HEP): The narrow valleys demand to generate HEP, e.g. in the Berne area in Switzerland. Switzerland gets 60% of its electricity from HEP stations in the Alps. The electricity produced is used locally to power homes and businesses. It's also exported to towns and cities further away.