A popular tourist destination high in the sky, the Alps — and other snowy peaks — are so much more than just a great spot for skiing. But increased tourism and increased temperatures are threatening to forever change this mountain ecosystem.
Despite reaching an intimidating height of 4,804 meters (15,774 feet); the Alps mountain range in Europe is surprisingly dense with BIODIVERSITY. Home to 4,500 different plants species and an estimated 30,000 animal species, this frosty region hosts an intricate ecosystem in the sky.
Elevated — and essential — life
The Alps are spread throughout southern Europe in France, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, and Slovenia. The tallest mountain is Mont Blanc in France and Italy, followed by Monte Rosa in Switzerland and Italy.