Posted on 05 October 2009.
A chain of mountains separated from other mountains by valleys or a chain of mountains that expands continuously is called the mountain range. Individual mountains existing within the same mountain range do not necessarily have the same geology. The following are the top 10 mountain ranges in the world.
1. The Andes
The world’s longest exposed mountain range is the Andes. They extend as a continuous chain of highland along the West Coast of South America. The range is over 7,000 km (4,300 mi) long, 200 km (120 mi) to 700 km (430 mi) wide (widest between 18° to 20°S latitude), and of an average height of about 4,000 m (13,000 ft).
2. The Rocky Mountains
The Rocky Mountains, otherwise called the Rockies are an important mountain range of North America. They stretch more than 4,800 kilometers from the northernmost part of British Columbia in Canada to New Mexico in the United States. Mount Elbert in Colorado at 14,440 feet above sea level is the range’s highest peak.
3. The Himalayan Range
The Himalayas or The Himalayan Range means the abode of snow. It is a mountain range in Asia and separates the Indian sub continent from the Tibetan plateau. The Himalayas also comprise The karakoram, the Hindu Kush and the smaller mountain ranges that extend out from the Pamir Knot. The Himalayas has some the world’s highest peaks namely Mount Everest and K2.
4. The Great Dividing Range
The Eastern Highlands or the Great Dividing Range is Australia’s most important mountain range which is the fourth longest in the world. It stretches more than 3,500 km (2,175 mi) from Dauan Island off the northeastern tip of Queensland and runs through the entire Eastern strip through New South Wales and Victoria before merging with the central plain in Western Victoria.
5. The Trans Antarctic Mountains
On the Antarctic continent the three biggest mountain ranges are the Transantarctic Mountains (abbreviated TAM), the East Antarctic Ranges and the West Antarctic Ranges. The Transantarctic Mountains extends with some interruptions from Cape Adare in Northern Victoria Land to Coats Land. These mountains divide East and West Antarctica.