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The Andes Mountain chain is the longest in the world and stretches over 7200 kilometres from the Caribbean Sea to the tip of South America. Like the Rocky Mountains in North America, the Andes are a result of the subduction of an oceanic plate, namely the Nazca Plate beneath the South American continental plate. Mountain building occurred over the past 10 million years and is continuing still today. There are 183 active volcanoes within this range causing frequent earthquakes. But the Andes are also one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in the world, featuring the highest lake, Lake Titicaca, the highest city, La Paz and the source of the greatest river, the Amazon. The highest peak is Aconcagua (6959 meters) in Argentina and is also one op the seven "must do" peaks of experienced mountain climbers.

Use these co-ordinates to get to Aconcagua with Google Earth: -32.6509750172, -70.0043466199


Smithsonian Institution, multiple contributors. 2003. Earth. Pages 158-159 in Luhr JF, ed. Mountains and Volcanoes. New York: Dorling Kindersley Limited.