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Southern Alps,mountain range, on South Island, New Zealand, paralleling the west coast. It rises to 12,349 ft (3,764 m) at Mt. AorangiAorangi, Mount
, Mount Aoraki
[both: Maori,=cloud in the sky], or Mount Cook,
12,254 ft (3,735 m) high, on the South Island, New Zealand, in the Southern Alps; highest peak of New Zealand. Several glaciers, including the Tasman and Hooker, radiate from its flanks.
..... Click the link for more information. (Mt. Cook), New Zealand's highest peak. Extensively glaciated, the snowcapped range has many deep gorges; Tasman and Franz Josef glaciers are there.
a mountain range in New Zealand that stretches from southwest to northeast for almost the entire length of the South Island. The Southern Alps have elevations of 2,000–3,000 m, with a maximum of 3,764 m at Mount Cook. They are composed primarily of schists; intrusions of granites and peridotites are also found. Alpine-type landforms predominate. Glaciers, covering a total area of 1,000 sq km, and perennial snow are encountered; the principal glaciers are the Tasman, Franz Josef, and Fox. The windward western slopes have broadleaved and coniferous evergreen forests, and the leeward eastern slopes have drought-resistant shrubs and grasses. A railroad and highway that connect the western and eastern coasts of the South Island run through Arthur’s Pass.