Due to rockslide and subsequent erosion, the height of Mount Cook slowly decreases.
Due to rockslide and subsequent erosion, the height of Mount Cook slowly decreases.
Photograph by Michael Melford, Nat Geo Image Collection

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Mountains come in all shapes, sizes, heights, and types. Some of these geological formations hold religious significance, opportunities for geological research, or places of pilgrimage for travelers and climbers. With their changing weather and defining landscapes, these skyscraping peaks alter our perspective.

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