From bayous to mountains

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After having lived here for over three years now, this native of flat Louisiana is still fascinated by these beautiful hills of Kentucky.

In some areas they are so high they appear to me to be mountains, which, by the way, cover about one-fourth of our planet’s land mass.

Our earth’s highest mountain is Mount Everest in the Himalayas, which is almost 30,000 feet above sea level. The taller the mountains reach into the colder layers of atmosphere, they are consequently subject to erosion through frost action, producing the peak shape such as the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps.

Most of our rivers are fed from the melted snow and ice of mountains, and more than half of humanity depends on mountains for water.

Earth’s crust is composed of seven primary plates, and when two collide, land areas are uplifted and form such mountains as the Himalayas and Alps. Volcanic mountains such as Mount Fuji in Japan are formed from volcanic eruptions and their lava piling up on the surface of the land.

I remember my excitement when I saw my first volcano in Mexico years ago but thought of how nervous I would be to live near something so large, powerful and threatening.

Whenever I start out in a car for a destination nearby I know that my eyes are in for a treat, and when I drove to Louisiana last year I was happily approaching family and friends, but leaving behind the beauty of these Kentucky hills.

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