The Andes Mountains in southern Peru • Earth.com

The Andes Mountains in southern Peru

07-09-2021


Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency features the Andes mountains in southern Peru.

In this false-color image, vegetation appears blue and irrigated vegetation appears bright blue.

Extending 7,000 kilometers through seven South American countries, the Andes mountains make up the longest continental mountain range in the world. 

The Andes are also the world’s highest range outside of Asia. Mount Aconcagua in Argentina has the highest elevation, reaching 22,838 feet above sea level.

Thousands of animals are native to the Andes Mountains. Some of the most well-known are the llama, mountain tapir, vicuna, and alpaca.

Overall, there are about 3,700 different animal species in the Andes, including 600 species of mammals, 600 species of reptiles, and more than 1,700 species of birds.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: ESA

 

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