Case Study: The Alps

The Alps were formed 35 million years ago during the Alpine folding period, when the African and Eurasian plates collided.

Economic Impacts

  1. Farming: the fold mountains of the Alps are used for farming sheep, goats and cattle. In the summer, the animals are moved further up the slope to graze.
  2. Hydro-electric power{electricity generated from water}: melted snow gives water which is used to generate hydro-electric power.
  3. Tourism: lost of people visit the Alps to ski or snowboard in the winter, or hike in the summer. The income generated by tourism can provide a better standard of living for locals.

Social Impacts

  1. Accessibility: parts of the Alps are hard to access as slopes can be very steep. Road-building is costly.
  2. Soil: soil can be thin and poor quality, allowing only for rough-grazing, which can make farming unprofitable and difficult.
  3. Avalanches: devastating avalanches happen when snow and ice suddenly come loose and and crash down mountain slopes.

I would like to know the social and economic impacts of the southern alps. Could you please tell me

Thanks for this Amelia, I only had a quick glance of it and it actually came up in a recent exam. :)