Neal Adams: 07 – Mountain Growth

Neal Adams 07 - Mountain Growth

Neal Adams also utilises his graphical skills to demonstrate Mountain Formation.


Mountain formation refers to the geological processes that underlie the formation of mountains.

These processes are associated with large-scale movements of the earth’s crust (plate tectonics).

Mountain formation is related to plate tectonics.

Folding, faulting, volcanic activity, igneous intrusion and metamorphism are all parts of the orogenic process of mountain building.

The understanding of specific landscape features in terms of the underlying tectonic processes is called tectonic geomorphology, and the study of geologically young or ongoing processes is called neotectonics.

to understand mountains we must first know more about their geomorphic history.

In most mountain studies this is not done: instead the rock structures inside the mountains are described in detail, with the tacit assumption that whatever made the structures also made the mountains.

This assumption is not warranted.

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Fault-block mountain

There are three main types of mountains: volcanic, fold, and block.

All three types are formed from plate tectonics: when portions of the Earth’s crust move, crumple, and dive.

Compressional forces, isostatic uplift and intrusion of igneous matter forces surface rock upward, creating a landform higher than the surrounding features.

The height of the feature makes it either a hill or, if higher and steeper, a mountain.

Major mountains tend to occur in long linear arcs, indicating tectonic plate boundaries and activity.

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1 Response to Neal Adams: 07 – Mountain Growth

  1. A. D. HALL says:

    You have great content and provocative ideas. Bravo…I’m a new follower.

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