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Name: Michael T.
Status: Student
Age: 10
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Date: February 18, 2004

I am doing a study in my fourth grade class about mountains. I am trying to figure out if mountains form differently in water then they do on land. The question is: If the same equal pressure in applied from under the ground to form a mountain both on land and under the water, which mountain would get taller. Would water effect the forming of the mountain differently than air? Which mountain would get the tallest? The one on land with air, or the one under water?

I have never studied this particular thing, but I would be surprised of water pressure made a difference in this kind of mountain building. The forces required to lift up large sections of the Earth's crust are tremendous, and I think that water over them would not make a difference. Interesting thought, though. I do not know if anyone has figured this out.

Pat Rowe

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