“There is exciting news about the nature of the mountains and specifically about how high they can be. Researchers from Münster and Potsdam have published data and results that suggest which forces determine the height of mountains. They come to a statement that contradicts popular belief.
For the first time, the scientists calculated the tectonic forces that prevail along the mountains. They used data on the strength of the plate boundaries and for friction in the substrate. In this way, results could be collected on the tensions and thus on the lifting forces of different high mountains. The aim was to calculate the theoretical maximum height: How high can a mountain be due to the tectonic forces?