The Andes consist of a vast series of extremely high plateaus surmounted by even higher peaks that form an unbroken rampart over a distance of some 5,500 miles (8,900 kilometres)—from the southern tip of South America to the continent’s northernmost coast on the Caribbean.
What mountain ranges run South America?
South America’s primary mountain system, the Andes, is also the world’s longest. The range covers about 8,850 kilometers (5,500 miles). Situated on the far western edge of the continent, the Andes stretch from the southern tip to the northernmost coast of South America.
What to mountain ranges run the length of North and South America?
The Andes Mountains are the longest mountain range in the world. They stretch 4,500 miles (7,200 km) from north to south, along the west coast of the continent.
Why is South America called the land of extremes?
In geographic terms, it has some of the hottest, driest deserts in the world (the Atacama and Sonoran deserts) while having the largest rain-forest in the world (the Amazon).
What are the four mountain ranges in the West?
Roughly from north to south they are the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, the mountains of Vancouver Island and the Queen Charlotte Islands, the Cascade Range (itself divided into North, Middle, and South ranges), the Olympic Mountains, the Coast Ranges of Washington and Oregon, the Klamath Mountains, the Coast …