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A description of the location and length of three different mountain ranges - the Rockies, the Andes and the Himalayas, and a comparison of the height of their tallest peaks with Snowdon in North Wales. The highest peak in the Rockies is about four times the height of Snowdon, in the Andes the highest peak is around seven times the height of Snowdon, and in the Himalayas, Everest - the highest mountain in the world - is nearly nine times the height of Snowdon.
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8 November 2007

Classroom Ideas

This clip is a useful way of introducing world mountain ranges, their location, size, and common features. Before watching the clip, pupils could locate some of the main mountain ranges on a world map (Himalayas, the Rockies, the Andes). Do they know which range is the biggest? Which countries do they run through? Show the pupils unlabelled photographs of the ranges and ask them to try and identify them. Why is it so difficult? What do all mountains have in common? (Snow covered peaks, shape, high altitude). Having watched the clip and having understood that all ranges are different heights and lengths, ask the pupils to research the exact height of the tallest mountains in each range (Andes, Mount Everest, Snowdon). These heights could be plotted on a graph to give pupils a better understanding of the scale and size of each mountain in relation to the others.

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