The Andes

A Geographical Portrait

  • Axel Borsdorf
  • Christoph Stadel

Part of the Springer Geography book series (SPRINGERGEOGR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Axel Borsdorf, Christoph Stadel
    Pages 1-30
  3. Axel Borsdorf, Christoph Stadel
    Pages 31-75
  4. Axel Borsdorf, Christoph Stadel
    Pages 77-97
  5. Axel Borsdorf, Christoph Stadel
    Pages 99-131
  6. Axel Borsdorf, Christoph Stadel
    Pages 133-154
  7. Axel Borsdorf, Christoph Stadel
    Pages 155-202
  8. Axel Borsdorf, Christoph Stadel
    Pages 203-258
  9. Axel Borsdorf, Christoph Stadel
    Pages 259-284
  10. Axel Borsdorf, Christoph Stadel
    Pages 285-304
  11. Axel Borsdorf, Christoph Stadel
    Pages 305-322
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 323-368

About this book


The Andes are attracting global interest again: they hold valuable mineral resources, tourists appreciate their great natural beauty and the diversity of indigenous cultures, climbers scale rock and ice faces, while many others are intrigued by regional political developments, such as the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela or the almost unfettered hegemony of the neoliberal economic model in Chile.

This volume is the first attempt for decades to present a complete overview of the longest mountain chain on the planet – a region of remarkable climatic, floristic and geologic diversity, where advanced civilization developed well before the arrival of the Spanish. Today the Andes continue to be characterized by their ethnic, demographic, cultural and economic diversity, as well as by the disparity of local socioeconomic groups. The Andean countries pursue a wide range of approaches to tackle the challenges of making the best use of their natural and cultural potential without damaging their ecological basis, as well as to overcome economic disparity and foster social cohesion. This book provides insights into this unique region and its most pressing issues, complemented by a wealth of pictures and comprehensive diagrams, which, in sum, help to better understand these fascinating mountains.


Andean Realm Culture and Civilization Resources Rural and Urban Development Tropical and Temperate Mountains

Authors and affiliations

  • Axel Borsdorf
    • 1
  • Christoph Stadel
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain ResearchAustrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)InnsbruckAustria
  2. 2.Geography and GeologyUniversity of SalzburgSalzburgAustria

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-03529-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-03530-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2194-315X
  • Series Online ISSN 2194-3168
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