Fold Mountain Case Study

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Location of a fold mountain range?
The Andes, West coast of South America, goes though: Chile, Bolivia, Columbia and Peru
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How was it formed?
Nazca plate and south american plate moving towards each other and forced upwards.
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What is it used for?
Mining, hydroelectric power, tourism and farming?
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How is it used for mining?
The Yanacocha gold mine in Peru is the largest in the world and has helped provide jobs for people in the area.
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How is it used for hydroelectric power?
The deep valleys and rivers in the Andes are ideal for hydroelectric power. Snow melt fuels the most of the water provision but this means it is reduced to small amounts in winter
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How is it used for tourism?
In Peru, tourism is a massive industry, the Inca trail and Maccu piccu are so popular that the amount of trekkers starting each day has been reduced to 200 to allow sustainable use of the area.
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How is it used for farming?
Native animal llama is reared to help with farming as it has adapted to steep slopes, alpacas are farmed for their wool and main food source is potatoes, amongst maize and rice etc.
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How have people adapted?
People have adapted to limited communications by creating tunnels instead of mountain passes.Terraced farming retains water and nutrients in poor soils. Narrow valleys and steep reliefs are easily dammed for HEP.
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