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Economic and Social Impacts of Fold Mountains

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... (More)

its basically a narrow ridge of sand or shindle which extends from the mainland to a former island which creates a passage between the mainland and the island offshore.

Sedimentary  rock.

  • Rocks on the earth's surface are worn down over time.
  • Some broken pieces of rock make their way down to the sea.
  • They become compressed and cemented and mixed with dead sea creatures.
  • They form layers.
  • Example Limestone,Sandstone 
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Mass Movement

Mass Movement - the movement of regolith down a slope due to gravity.

Regolith - loose material such as soil, rocks and mud. (Produced when rocks have been weathered and eroded).

Factors affecting Mass Movement

1. Gradient (slope)

  • the steepness of the slope.
  • the steeper the slope, the faster the movement of regolith.

2. Water (rain)

  • water makes regolith heavier causing it to move downwards faster
  • water acts as a lubricant causing it to move downwards easier.

3. Human activity

- building roads, quarrying, construction can all make the land unstable and cause mass movement.

4. Vegetation (plants/trees)

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