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        Global Patterns of Mountain Ranges

        Explore the location of mountain ranges and their relationship to the edges of continents and oceans with this global topographic map from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The map shows mountain ranges of varying heights on land, as depicted by shades of brown. Shades of blue in the oceans show the varying elevations of ridges, conveying that mountain ranges are in oceans as well as on land.

        To view the Background Essay and Teaching Tips for this image, go to Support Materials below. This resource was developed through WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project, in collaboration with NASA. Click here for the full collection of resources.


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