The use of the Alps- fold mountains case study

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What the the 3 main uses of the Alps?
Farming, tourism and the production of hydro-electric power.
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What new facilities have been built because of the rise in the Alps' tourism industry?
Resorts (Chamonix, St. Moritz etc), avalanche shelters, roads and rail routes, restaurants/bars/hotels
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What activities can be done is the Alps?
Photography, skiing, snowboarding, mountain climbing, hiking etc
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What attracts tourists to the Alps?
Beautiful scenery, physically challenging landscape, the climate (the hot summers yet cold winters), the snow, the fact that its close to major European cities, good transport links, easy flight access
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What makes the valley floor of the Alps good for farming?
It is sheltered, deep (the soil is deep), flat and has good transport links to transport produce.
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What is meant by transhumance?
The transportation of cattle up and down the mountain depending the season/climate. During the summer, they are moved up the mountain and during the winter they are moved back down again.
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How has the Alps adapted itself to become successful at transhumance?
New roads, improved cable cars and plastic pipes make it easier to transport both livestock and produce up and down the mountains.
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How is the Alps a suitable area for the production of hydro-electric power?
The steep relief, running water (to build dams in), heavy rainfall and spring/summer snow melt make it possible for the Alps to host hydroelectric power stations.
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Why is the population density in the Alps so small?
Because of the difficult terrain and climate.
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Because of avalanches, the Alps has had to develop two things?
Expensive avalanche shelters and protection methods.
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