is the longest continental mountain range in the world. It
is a continual range of highlands along the western coast of South America.
This range is about 7,000 km (4,300 mi) long, about 200 km
(120 mi) to 700 km (430 mi) wide (widest between 18° south and 20°
south latitude), and of an average height of about 4,000 m
(13,000 ft). The Andes extend from north to south through seven South
American countries: Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina.
Along its length, the Andes is split into several ranges, which are