International Mountain Day

 

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International Mountain Day is celebrated each year on December 11th.

Mountains are home to 15% of the world´s population and host about half of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. They provide fresh water for everyday life to half of humanity.

Towering, majestic, and beautiful. Mountains are some of the most beautiful of nature’s structures, stolid and regal they stand against the sky, of such a size that they can catch entire countryside’s in their shadow, and turn back the ravages of storms against their unflinching sides.

A mountain is basically a huge landform that rises above the land that surrounds it in a limited area, typically forming in a peak at the top. Mountains are generally deemed to be steeper than a hill. Mountains are formed by volcanism or tectonic forces. The force can raise the earth’s surface locally. Glaciers, weather conditions, and rivers can slowly erode the mountains. There are a few mountains that have isolated summits. However, most tend to be part of big mountain ranges.

Mountain Day has been created so that we can embrace the wonder and magic of the mountains around us. There are some truly spectacular mountains all around the world. You may have even had the pleasure of climbing one or several of them. Some of the most famous mountains include the likes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Fuji, and Mount Everest. On this date, we appreciate all of the world’s mountains. It is also a good day to take some time to reflect on those who have lost their lives while attempting to do dangerous mountain climbs and to pay tribute to them.

Mountains are the source of recreation and resource, with snow-covered sides providing ski slopes to enthusiasts and minerals in abundance to those brave enough to delve into their stony sides.

In certain areas of the world, they are also a source of unique agriculture, providing ample space for the production of those products that grow best on their slopes. Coffee, Cocoa, Herbs, Spices, and the form of handicrafts that spring from the minds of those who live in the unchanging protection of these towering edifices to geology.

Mountain Day is your opportunity to head out and appreciate these unique landforms, and all they have to offer. There are a number of reasons why Mountain Day is loved by people all over the world. This includes the fact that mountains are scarce in some areas of the world, which makes them precious to a lot of people. In fact, you can spend hours reading up about different folk tales and legends about different mountains around the world. This is certainly one of the most fascinating and interesting ways to learn more about the world on Mountain Day. Plus, Mountain Day gives you the perfect excuse to climb that mountain that you may have always wanted to climb!

Established in December of 2003, the United Nations General Assembly created this day to help bring awareness to all of the things we rely on mountains for.

Whether it’s all of the glories mentioned above, or how necessary they are for the health and well-being of the flora and fauna that call them their home, Mountain Day promotes them all.

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