The surprising history of the oldest mountains in the world

Learn about the earth's ancient, stony giants

Stars Insider

10/06/24 | StarsInsider


Mountains are some of the oldest residents of our planet. Earth's ancient temples of strength and resilience, sometimes taking the form of massive jagged fingers reaching for the sky, other times gently rounded and rolling hills giving texture to the land's surface, have watched over the earth for millions of years before complex organisms began to develop. For instance, the Appalachian Mountains, today famous for their heavily forested slopes, are around 500 million years older than the first trees that ever sprouted from the earth. These ancient formations are not only beautiful, but also tell the story of the world in its earliest stages, stories worth telling and worth reading.

Intrigued? Read on to learn about the oldest mountain ranges in the world.

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