Authentic Project Idea – Mountain Formation

How do Mountains form

I live in the Eastern United States.  My husband is from the Western United States.  He has always laughed at the “hills” we call “mountains” on the east coast.  The mountains out west do put our eastern mountain ranges to shame.

So why are some mountains bigger than others?  How do mountains form?  How do scientists know this?  What kind(s) of scientists study mountain formation?

And this makes me crazy – why do the leaves at the bottom of our local mountains lose their leaves in the fall before the leaves at the top of our mountains?  Isn’t it colder on the top?  Isn’t that why trees lose their leaves?  I think I am going to find out exactly what kind of trees we have that are doing this, do some research, and create a book to explain this! (Yep – I started with a picture of a mountain and now I am writing a book about a specific tree and how and when it loses leaves in the fall – that is called an authentic project!)

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