From the Rocky Mountains to the Himalayas, our planet Earth is blessed with some of its longest and most amazing mountain ranges! Click here to find out more!
Also known as the Rockies, the Rocky Mountains are the longest mountain range in North America. It stretches 4,800 kilometers (3,000 miles) from British Columbia in Canada, to New Mexico, USA. Believed to be formed about 80 million years ago, most of the Rockies is now protected, and there are several public parks intended to preserve most of the mountain range.
Also known as the West Sumatran/Javan Range, most of it consists of the Barisan Mountains in Sumatra, Indonesia. It stretches 1,700 kilometers (1,050 miles) from the northern to southern tips of the island.
Tian Shan or Tien Shan is the system of mountain ranges located in Central Asia. Lying 2,253 kilometers on the borders of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and northwestern China, its highest peak is the Jengish Chokusu, which rises at 24,406 feet.
The Transantractic range stretches across this ice continent, from Victoria Land to Coats Land. Its highest peak is the Mount Kirkpatrick (14,856 feet).
The Ural Mountains or the Urals are one of the world’s existing mountain ranges and also one of the richest in terms of mineral deposits. It stretches roughly 1,600 miles from north to south, from the coast of the Atlantic Ocean down to the Ural River in central Russia.
The Altai Mountains share borders with Russia, China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan, and are among the highest mountains in Siberia. “Altai” is derived from the Mongolian word altan, which means “golden.”
The Andes is considered to have the longest continental mountain range in the world. It stretches from Venezuela down to almost the tip of Argentina, making it look like a “backbone” in South America.
Also known as Brazilian Highlands, it borders on Amazon Basin and rainforest and the country’s eastern coast, fronting the Atlantic Ocean.
Also known as the New Guinea Highlands, Central Cordillera or Central Range, the Central New Guinean Range stretches across New Guinea (Papua Island), and shares borders with Indonesia in the west and Papua New Guinea in the east.
The Eastern Ghats are a series of detached hills and mountains, which lie between the Mahandi river and Vaigai river. The Mahandera Giri is the highest peak on the norther part of the range, rising at 1,501 meters. The Nallamalai range is the most prominent in the southern part.
The Great Dividing Range is the fourth longest mountain range in the world. The range spans over 2,175 miles along the entire east coast of Australia, from the Dauan Island off the northeast tip of Queensland, down to the to the eastern part of Victoria, at Grampians National Park
The Himalayas/Karakoram/Hindu Kush are among the biggest mountain range in the world. Although the Karakoram and the Hindu Kush are possibly identified as the subranges of the Great Himalayas, other sources point that Karakoram and Hindu Kush are separate and distinct from each other. Karakoram even has its own 13 subranges.