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Mountains: Highest Points on Earth
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Mountains: Highest Points on Earth

Mountains form over great expanses of time as Earth's tectonic plates collide and crack, shift and spew.

Rising all over the globe from top to bottom, including on the seafloor, mountains are landforms at least 1,000 feet taller than their surrounding area.

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