Encyclopedia of Soil Science

2008 Edition
| Editors: Ward Chesworth

Cordillera

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-3995-9_131

A mountain chain, applied originally by the Spanish to the parallel chains of the Andes in South America (las Cordilleras de los Andes). Since extended by geographers to the complete linear complex of mountains that marks the western edge of the North and South American tectonic plates.

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