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What determines rock temperature inside mountains?

You are on track to answering this yourself. Temperature is a continuous field, so near any surface it has to follow the boundary conditions, with the effect of any surface topography decaying away ...
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Is Mt Everest the highest mountain peak we know of in earth’s history?

Any answer will have to be confined to speculation, because we'll never know the exact height of a mountain that's completely eroded away. That said, it is likely that there were higher mountains. One ...
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Shouldn't the permanent snow line be considerably higher in the Alps and on Mt Hood if temperature falls 6.5°C per 1000 meters?

There are a couple of issues that you need to add to your picture. First, the temperature varies over time so it is not constant at a certain elevation throughout e.g. the summer. Second, snow will ...
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Is Mt Everest the highest mountain peak we know of in earth’s history?

It would be difficult to identify an individual peak of former mountains. Mountain ranges are different, however. Despite the highest peak of the Petermann Ranges, in Australia, being 1158 meters ...
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Mountain formation and stress release?

When 2 plates collide, the orogeny accumulates stress. Once there is enough stress to fracture the rocks, an earthquake happens releasing the stress that has accumulated. That is what causes faults, ...
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How do geologists examine mountains and hills inwardly?

A few things here to dissect and explain. Let's forget the basalt for a minute and imagine a mountain made of limestone. Limestone is formed at the ocean/sea floor (a basin) and is turned into a ...
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