How Tall Can Mountains Be?

Currently, the tallest mountain on Earth is Mount Everest at 8,848 meters above sea level. The video discusses how tall a mountain might reach based on gravity, rock density, and other factors such as plate tectonics and erosion. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Research the growth or shrinking rate of the mountains closest to your school
  • Discuss how tall a mountain has to be in order to be called a mountain rather than a hill
Classroom Considerations
  • Foul language in the comments need not appear if displaying the video full screen
  • Provides subtitles in 10 languages for the benefit of ELLs
  • Simple drawings emphasize the concepts
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