Modeling mountain building

Part of Hall of Planet Earth.

Modeling Mountain Building AMNH/R. Mickens

Physical models can provide insight into how the deep structures—the folds and faults—of mountain belts actually form. To understand how mountains form some geologists build models with sand, since it mimics the slow deformation of rocks over geological time.

In the video below, Dr. Edmond Mathez from the American Museum of Natural History examines a sand model built by Dr. Jacques Malavieille from University of Montpellier.


This video was produced in 1999 for the David S. and Ruth L. Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth at the American Museum of Natural History.

Video credits:
American Museum of Natural History
Ballentyne Brumble Communications