Matterhorn, Valais Alps, Switzerland

Matterhorn, Valais Alps, Switzerland

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Credit: BERNHARD EDMAIER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Aerial photograph of the Matterhorn. One of the highest (at 4478 metres) and the most prominent peaks in the Alps, the Matterhorn, is a piece of Africa. Once upon a time the huge rock, formed to a horn by glaciers during the Ice Age, was a part of the primeval African continental base. During the Alpine orogeny it was shoved above the marine sediment layers off the European coast.

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Keywords: aerial image, aerial photograph, alps, collision, continental drift, earth, earth from above, earth science, environment, famous peak, geography, geology, glacier, ice age, matterhorn, metamorphic rock, mountain, mountain climbing, orogeny, plate tectonics, switzerland

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