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Published: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:12:04 +0000

 



How Climbers Do Die on Mount Everest?

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, is also one of the most dangerous. From 6 to 10 percent of climbers who summit die on the mountain.



Facts, Figures and Trivia About the World's...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, rises onthe border of Nepal and Tibet in Asia. Learn interesting facts about Mount Everest, including its first ascent, usual climbing routes, and strange feats on the roof of the world.



Facts about the Highest Mountain in Africa

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Learn cool facts and lots of information about Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, one of the Seven Summits, and one of the most popular high mountains in the world for climbers.



7 Summits: the Highest Peaks on Each Continent

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

The Seven Summits, a well-known mountaineering objective, are the highest peaks on each of the seven continents. Learn here about these seven mountains and climbing them.



Learn the Nine Basic Types of Climbing Handholds

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Learn here the nine different types of handholds that you'll encounter on cliffs and how to use each with specific hand movements and techniques.



How to Climb Mountains: Defining the Sport of...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Learn about mountaineering or the sport of climbing mountains, one of the finest opportunities for the lover of high places. Mountain climbing is about challenge and perseverance, about putting hands and feet onto rock and ice and snow and finally reaching a summit.



What are 6 Essential Skills for Rappelling?

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Rappelling is a skill-based climbing activity for descending cliffs and mountains with a rope. Learn 6 essential skills that you need to know to rappel safely when rock climbing.



The 4 Types of Climbing Chalk -- Which Is Best...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Climbers use chalk to dry sweaty hands and to enhance their grip on handholds. Learn about the four types of climbing chalk that you can buy and use on the rock.



Facts for Climbers About the Highest Mountain...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Mount Rainier, Washington's highest mountain, is the 4th highest mountain in the USA. Learn interesting facts about Mount Rainier and how to climb it.



10 Tips for Safe Rock Climbing

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Climbing is dangerous. Learn the basic rules of climbing safety to stay safe on the rocks and avoid accidents. Follow these ten tips for climbing safety for a safe climbing adventure.



What Climbers Should Know About Australia's...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Fast facts about Mount Kosciuszko, the highest mountain in Australia and one of the Seven Summits.



Fast Facts About K2: The Second Highest...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Learn interesting facts about K2, the second highest mountain in the world, including how it got its unique name, when it was first climbed, and why it is one of the most dangerous high peaks in the world.



Learn Basic Belaying Skills for Climbing

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Belaying is an important climbing skill. Learn and practice the basics about belaying and how to use a belay device at your local climbing gym.



13 Facts For Climbers About Russia's Highest...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Learn all about Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe, one of the Seven Summits, and one of the most popular but deadliest mountains in the world.



Use Climbing Holds with a Full Crimp Grip

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

The full crimp grip is one of 6 hand and finger positions used in rock climbing. Learn all about the full crimp, how to do it, and how to avoid crimping injuries.



A Climber's Guide to California's Mount Shasta

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Mount Shasta towers majestically above northern California. This massive stratovolcano, one of California's Fourteeners, has a long colorful history and is a popular mountain for climbers. Find out lots of interesting facts and Mount Shasta's geology, volcanism, history, ascents, and how to climb it.



How Much Will It Cost You to Climb the 7 Summits?

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

How much does it cost to climb The Seven Summits, the seven highest mountains on the seven continents? You know it will cost a lot of money, find out here how much it costs to climb all seven mountains.



Why is the Matterhorn Switzerland's Most Famous...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Learn all about about the Matterhorn and climbing the Matterhorn, Switzerland's most famous mountain and a symbol of the European Alps.



Understanding the Geology of Mount Everest

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Why are marine fossils on top of Mt. Everest? Learn about Mt. Everest's unique geology, its 3 rock layers, and why it is still rising higher.



Use Climbing Chalk for Sweaty Palms

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Climbers use chalk or magnesium carbonate as a drying agent on their hands and fingers to decrease moisture, reduce slippage, and increase performance. What is climbing chalk and how does it work? Does it actually help you climb harder? Find out about climbing chalk and the answers to these questions.



The 4 Best Knots to Tie Rappel Ropes Together

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

If you're out climbing and need to rappel off the cliff, here are the four best knots to tie your climbing ropes together.



Climbing is Dangerous -- Here are 5 Ways to Die...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Learn 5 ways that climbers die--lead falls, rockfall, solo climbing, rappelling, and bad weather. Use basic safety tips and good judgment to stay alive.



What Climbers Should Know About Japan's Mount...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Learn facts and trivia about Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain and one of the world's most beautiful mountains, and how to climb Mount Fuji.



6 Tips to Improve Your Climbing Movement Skills

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Learn 6 climbing movement tips to improve performance. Learn climbing strategies and how to use your feet and hands. Practice them and climb better.



Statistics for Climbing Accidents, Injuries,...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

A study of rock climbing accidents, injuries, rescues, and fatalities over a 14-year period from 1998 to 2011 details the causes of climbing incidents in the Boulder, Colorado area, including Eldorado Canyon, one of the most popular climbing areas in the United States.



4 Friction Knots All Climbers Need to Know

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Every climber needs to know these 4 friction knots to climb a rope in an emergency or to escape a belay.



5 Interesting Stories and Facts about Mount...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Learn facts about Mount Everest, world's highest mountain, including first American ascent; first flight over Everest; Mt. Everest geology and glaciers; and is Everest really the world's highest mountain.



How to Master Toprope Climbing Basics

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Top-rope climbing is the best way for beginners to get out on the rocks. Check here for the skills you need to know and what equipment you need to buy.



How to Tie and Use an Autoblock Knot for Climbing

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Learn how to tie and use an autoblock knot, an essential safety knot used in climbing and rappelling.



Using Pocket Handholds for Face Climbing

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Climbing steep limestone cliffs covered with pockets is fun. Learn all about pocket climbing; the types of pockets; how to grab pockets; which fingers and finger combinations to use in pockets; and how to avoid finger injuries when you climb pockets.



What is the Best Glove System for Winter...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

When you're ice climbing or climbing high mountains, your hands will get cold. What's the best glove system to keep your hands warm and free from frostbite? Learn from mountaineer Susan Joy Paul how to create a glove system for winter climbing.



7 Pieces of Rappelling Equipment All Climbers...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Here is your essential rappelling equipment, including rope, rappel device, anchor gear, slings, harness, belay gloves, and personal anchor tether.



Basic Footwork for Novice Climbers

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Footwork is the most difficult aspect of rock climbing for beginners to master. Most novice climbers want to pull with their arms, rather than push with their legs. Follow these suggestions and tips to learn how to use your feet better when you climb, how to identify and use different kinds of footholds, and how to practice footwork to climb better.



All About Pico de Orizaba: Mexico's Highest...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Learn about Pico de Orizaba, popular among mountain climbers and the highest mountain in Mexico, it is also the highest volcano in North America.



How to Tie and Use a Prusik Knot

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Learn how to tie a Prusik knot, an important knot used in climbing for ascending ropes and in emergency situations.



What Climbers Should Know About South America's...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Learn interesting climbing and geographic facts about Aconcagua, the highest mountain in South America and one of the Seven Summits.



How to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, is a popular peak for lots of climbers. Learn basic information to climb Kilimanjaro, including acclimatization, finding an outfitter, hiring guides and porters, and why it's such a strenuous climb.



Adventure on Kangchenjunga: Climbing to the...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Kangchenjunga is the highest mountain in India and second highest in Nepal and is the easternmost 8,000-meter peak.



Essential Safety Tips for Sport Climbing

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

When you're sport climbing, follow 6 safety tips before climbing to have fun--check your harness, tie-in knot, bolt count, route length, and how to bail.



Who are the 5 Greatest Mount Everest Climbers?

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

George Mallory, a member of three British expeditions to Mount Everest in the early 1920s, died on the mountain's Northeast Ridge on June 8, 1924, leaving behind the enduring mystery: Did Mallory and his partner Sandy Irvine reach the summit of Mount Everest 29 years before Hillary and Tenzing?



Keep Your Hands Warm

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

If you're ice climbing or mountaineering in the winter, it's easy to get cold hands and even frostbite. It's important to keep your hands warm. Find out more in this article by Susan Joy Paul about how to keep your hands toasty and protect your digits from frostbite.



Whoa! Check Out These Odd Mount Everest Stories!

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

From an unknown Soviet attempt to a bizarre solo attempt, here are four strange stories about Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world.



6 Basic Finger Grips for Face Climbing

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

To be a successful climber you need to learn how to use handholds effectively and the 6 basic finger grips for climbing. Practice them at a gym first.



How to Avoid Climbing Injuries

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Climbing is a physical sport so you can get injured if you're not careful. Learn to avoid climbing injuries and accidents, and what to do if you're injured climbing by following these smart climbing tips.



Climbing Mount Whitney -- Facts about...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Mount Whitney, a popular peak for climbing, is California's highest mountain and the highest in the Lower 48 states. Learn cool facts and trivia about Whitney.



Your Essential Bouldering Equipment

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

The beauty of bouldering is not just doing hard moves but also its minimalism. You don’t need to spend lots of money on equipment to have fun on the boulders. Here are the 3 essential pieces of climbing equipment that you need to go bouldering.



Facts About Shiprock — Sacred Navajo Peak...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Shiprock, a towering rock mountain in northwestern New Mexico, is sacred to the Navajo Indians. Shiprock figures prominently in many Navajo legends and myths. Find out about Shiprock's geology, climbing history, and Navajo mythology.



What Climbers Need to Know About Mont Blanc in...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Learn all about Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in western Europe and the Alps, and a popular mountain for climbers.



What Can Go Wrong Rappelling? How to Stay Safe

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

A lot can go wrong when you're rappelling off a cliff since you're totally dependent on your climbing equipment. Learn why rappelling is dangerous and how you can be safer when rappelling.



Climb Mount Kenya, Africa's Second Highest Peak

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Learn all about Mount Kenya, popular with rock climbers and mountaineers since it offers a greater challenge than Kilimanjaro.



How Much Does it Cost to Climb Kilimanjaro?

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

How much does it cost to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain? Plan your trip and make a budget for a Kilimanjaro climbing adventure.



Do I Weigh Too Much to Rock Climb?

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

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What are the Best Knots for Rock Climbing?

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Learn about the best rock climbing knots; rappel knots; knot strength; how to tie knots; types of knots; and why knots keep you safe when climbing.



Do I Have to be Strong to Go Rock Climbing?

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

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What Are the 14 Highest Mountains in the World?

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

The world’s 14 highest mountains are an exclusive club of peaks whose summits tower more than 8,000 meters (26,247 feet) above sea level.The Eight Thousanders all lie in the Himalayan and Karakoram ranges in central Asia.



Colorado's Fourteeners

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Colorado has 55 Fourteeners or 14,000-foot mountains in its many mountain ranges. Learn all about Colorado's Fourteeners and how to climb them.



How Many 8,000-Meter Summits are There?

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

How many 8,000-meter summits are in the world? The short answer is 14. That, however, is the number of summits with at least 500 meters of topographic prominence. If every summit above 8,000 meters is considered a separate mountain, then there are 35 8,000-meter peaks. Learn about these high summits and prominence.



9 Weather Signs of an Incoming Storm

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

When you're climbing in the mountains, it's important to know how to predict climbing weather to avoid rain, snow, and wind. Learn nine common signs that indicate your climbing weather is changing, including cumulus clouds, cirrus clouds, a halo around the moon, rising and falling barometric pressure, and low clouds.



5 Frequently Asked Questions About Rock...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

When you start out rock climbing you're going to have a lot of questions about climbing and if it's safe. Here are 5 frequently asked questions (FAQs) about climbing, including taking kids climbing, what is belaying, what is toproping, and what if I fall?



Types of Pitons (Anchors) for Rock Climbing

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Pitons, metal spikes hammered into a crack, were used for protection and anchors on rock climbs before the widespread use of nuts and cams in the late 1970s. Modern aid climbers and alpine climbers still use pitons to ascend big walls and ice faces. Learn what are the different types of pitons, including knifeblades, Bugaboos, Lost Arrows, angles, and bong bongs, and how they are used.



Facts About Nevado Ojos del Salado in Chile

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Ojos del Salado is the second highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere and the highest mountain in Chile. Learn more about the world's highest active volcano, including a controversy over its elevation and where the world's highest lake is located.



Climbing FAQ: Am I too Old to Start Climbing? Nah

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Climbing FAQ: Am I too old to start rock climbing? The answer is No! Climbing keeps you young and improves your health. Get on the rock and find new life.



Essential Ice Climbing Equipment

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

You want to go ice climbing this winter, but what equipment do you need? Here is a list of all the climbing equipment you need to go ice climbing and stay warm outside in the winter, including a helmet, boots, harness, crampons, ice tools, headlamp, belay device, and warm clothes.



Chalk Bags are Essential Climbing Equipment

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Chalk bags are simply small fabric sacks that are filled with climbing chalk and carried on a belt around a climber's waist. Learn more about chalk bags, their different sizes and shapes, how to buy a chalk bag, and how to carry a chalk bag.



All about the 10th Highest Mountain in the...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Learn all about Annapurna, the tenth highest mountain in the world, and one of the world's 14 8,000-meter peaks.



5 Safety Tips to Set Up Top-Rope Climbing Anchors

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

The most dangerous part of top-rope climbing is setting up anchors at the top of a cliff. Every year a few climbers fall off cliff-tops because they aren't tied into their rope before they set anchors on the edge. Learn important safety tips for setting top-rope anchors and what you should not do.



How Safe is Climbing? Results will Surprise You

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

How safe is climbing? A recent study of data from emergency rooms across the United States says climbing is pretty safe. Read here about the surprising findings.



Climb Iztaccíhuatl--Mexico's 3rd Highest...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Iztaccihuatl, the third highest mountain in Mexico and the seventh highest mountain in North America, is a popular and relatively easy high-altitude climb. Learn more about Iztaccihuatl and climbing it.



Why Belaying is an Essential Climbing Skill and...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Belaying, simply a climber holding the rope for another climber, is an essential climbing skill. Learn about belaying and how to give a safe belay.



How to Climb the Abruzzi Spur on K2

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

K2, the second highest mountain in the world, is usually climbed by the Abruzzi Spur route up the Southeast Ridge. Read a description of the route and make plans to climb to the summit of K2.



Free Solo Climbing is Dangerous and Deadly

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Free solo climbing is dangerous. Free soloing, climbing without a rope and gear, is a high-stakes game. If the climber falls, he dies. Learn about free solo climbing and why its deadly allure.



Nanga Parbat: 9th Highest Mountain in the World

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Facts About Nanga Parbat, the Ninth Highest Mountain in the World. Nanga Parbat is one of the most dangerous high mountains in the world. Find out more about its colorful climbing history and geography.



2013: A Big Year for Mount Everest Climbers

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

The year 2013 was one of the busiest ever for climbers on Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. A record number of climbers reached the summit that year, as well as several cool ascents and records were set including a BASE jump, first Saudi Arabian woman, and a fistfight at Camp 2.



What are the 3 Main Rock Types for Climbing?

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

There are 3 main rocks for climbing: granite, sandstone, and limestone. Learn about these rock types, how they form; and how and where to climb them.



Why Petrarch Became the First Climber in 1336

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

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Should I Go on a Guided or Non-Guided...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

After asking: How much does it cost to climb Mount Everest? the next second question climbers ask is: Should I go on a guided or non-guided expedition to Everest? Learn why non-guided expeditions are not the best deal to reach the summit and return safely.



Which Climbing Harness is Best for You?

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Harnesses are specifically made for different types of climbing, including sport, gym, and competition climbing, general all-around climbing, big wall climbing, alpine and ice climbing, caving, and kids climbing. Specific harnesses are made for women and children.



4 Ways to Descend Cliffs and Mountains: Walk...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Once you climb to the top of a mountain or cliff, you need to get back down safely and efficiently. Climbers descend off cliffs and mountains in four different ways--hiking down, downclimbing, rappelling, and lowering. Learn more about the four types of descents and how to evaluate terrain for the proper descent.



How to Use the ON BELAY Climbing Voice Command

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

ON BELAY is a climbing voice command used by climbers at the base of a route as well as at the beginning and end of a pitch higher up the cliff.



How to Plan a Climbing Ascent of Mount Fuji

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Learn how to climb Mt. Fuji; best seasons to climb Fuji; how to avoid crowds; accidents and fatalities on Mount Fuji; and planning a Mt. Fuji ascent.



Climb with a Half Crimp Grip -- How to Use...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

The half crimp grip is one of 6 hand and finger positions used in rock climbing. Learn all about the half crimp, how to do it, and how to avoid crimping injuries.



How Many Climbers are in the United States?

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

How many climbers are in the United States? A 2012 study and survey details how many sport and traditional climbers are in the US and compares them to previous years. The results are surprising. Are there more or less climbers than you think? Read and find out...



6 Crucial Knots All Climbers Need to Know

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Know these 6 important knots to go rock climbing safely--Figure-8 Follow-Through Knot, Clove Hitch, Figure-8-on-a-Bight, Double Fisherman's Knot, Prusik Knot, and Munter Hitch.



What is a Bachmann Knot? Essential Climbing...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

The Bachmann Knot is a friction knot with a carabiner handle that is used by rock climbers to ascend fixed ropes.



How to Use Sewn Slings for Climbing Safety

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Climbing slings, simply lengths of webbing that are tied or sewn into closed loops, are an essential piece of rock climbing equipment. Learn all about slings, how climbers use slings, the different materials used to make slings, and the differences between sewn and tied slings.



How to Rack Climbing Gear for Trad Routes

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Once you've decided what climbing equipment you're going to carry on a route, you need to organize it so that the gear is easy to reach.



Use Climbing Voice Commands for Safe Communicat...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Climbing voice commands are basic verbal commands that rock climbers use to communicate with each other when they're climbing. Learn why climbers use voice commands and what the basic voice commands are.



How to Tie a Figure-8 Follow-Through Knot for...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Learn how to tie a figure-8 follow-through knot, the best knot for tying into a climbing rope. The figure-8 follow-through knot, also called a figure-8 trace knot, is the best knot for rock climbing since it's easy to check and won't come untied.



Climbing Sling Types

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Climbing slings, lengths of cord or webbing that are sewn or tied into closed loops, come in five basic types. Read about each type and what they are used for when you go rock climbing.



Learn How to Safely Lower Off a Climbing Route

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

The best and easiest way to descend from a sport or top-rope route is by having your belayer lower you back to the ground with the climbing rope. Lowering, however, is sometimes counter-intuitive and the climber has to trust the safety system. Learn lowering techniques and tips to help you lower down and to lower your climbing buddy back to solid ground.



Parts of a Climbing Harness

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Your climbing harness, which connects your body to your rope, is a complicated piece of equipment. A harness has lots of parts—straps, buckles, and loops. Read this breakdown of all the parts of a climbing harness so you know what you’re looking at before you buy a new harness.



Essential Climbing Equipment for Belaying and...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Belay and rappel devices are one of the most important pieces of climbing equipment that you will need to purchase and learn to use so you can safely belay and rappel at the cliff.



Yeti Legends and Lore: Mysterious Creature of...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

The mysterious Yeti lives in the Himalaya mountains. Read about Yeti sightings and footprints; native names; and reports by westerners about the Yeti.



3 Great Belay Devices for Rock Climbing

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Climbers use 3 types of belay and rappel devices. Learn about each belay device, advantages and disadvantages, and which belay device you should use.



Two Types of Crampons

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Two types of crampons--hinged and rigid--are available for mountaineers and ice climbers. Find out about both types of crampons and which one is right for the climbing that you love to do.



5 Sacred Climbing Areas in the American West

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Many climbing areas around the United States are sacred ground to Native Americans. Learn about Shiprock, Baboquivari, The Black Hills, Devil's Tower, and Indian Creek Canyon and why these unique and beautiful places are sacred to Native American tribes, including the Lakota Sioux, Navajo, Tohono O'odham, and the ancient Anasazi.



Where to Build Your Toprope Climbing Anchors

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

The first skill you need to safely create top-rope anchors is to select the best site for them on the cliff-top. Learn how to evaluate a climbing site and safely set up a toprope anchor for climbing.



What Equipment is Essential for Sport Climbing

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Here's all the basic climbing equipment that you need to go sport climbing, including a rope, quickdraws, locking carabiners, personal gear, and rock shoes.



Do Drones Pester and Annoy Climbers, Wildlife,...

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

The use of drones or unmanned aircraft is prohibited in national, state, and city parks including Yosemite National Park and Garden of the Gods Park. Learn more about how drones affect climbers, wildlife, and the natural experience of park users.



All About Mauna Kea: Hawaii's Highest Mountain

2016-12-08T11:12:04Z

Learn all about Mauna Kea, the highest mountain in Hawaii and the tallest mountain in the world, including how to climb it, volcanism, glaciation, and its unique ecosystems.