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It is thought between 8 and 12% of the world’s population lives on mountains. All of the world’s major rivers start on a mountain. Over half of the world’s freshwater comes from mountains. Did you know that Hawaii is actually on top of a volcanic mountain? If you are interested in learning more interesting facts about, you should continue reading.


A mountain is considered to be bigger than a hill. Although a hill in one country might be a mountain. In general, however, it is thought that a mountain has to be at least 600 meters tall. There are five types of mountains, they include plateau, block, volcanic, fold and dome. They have steeper sides than a hill


Did you know that mountains exist on every continent? Out of all of the countries in the world, 75% of them actually contain at least one mountain. About one fifth of the world is covered in mountains. The world’s longest mountain range is actually located under the sea and stretches over 40,389 miles!

Tallest Mountains

Did you know that the world’s 109 tallest mountains on earth are all located in Asia? Over 90 of them are actually located in the Himalayas. Mount Everest is the world’s largest mountain with its base on land. However, if you include under sea level then mount Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain, at over 10,000 meters tall, it is also what makes up the big island of Hawaii. If you are measuring from the center of the earth, then the world’s tallest mountain is located in Ecuador and is call Chimborazo. This mountain stands over 3,900 miles from the center of the earth.

Interesting facts

The world’s longest mountain chain on earth is over 4,900 miles, the Andes. Most mountains contain a timberline; typically there is no vegetation growth above this line. The taller mountains contain snow on top including mountains in Africa. The tallest plateau mountain is in Tibet, China. However, the largest plateau mountain is in Colorado, USA.

More on mountains

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  2. Mt Saint Helens facts
  3. Mount Rushmore facts
  4. Mount Everest facts