Jane Selverstone, Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of New Mexico, Alburqueque, uses brie and gouda cheese to illustrate the process of orogenic collapse, in which mountains (the brie in this picture) begin to collapse under their own weight and spread, shortening the foreland regions on either side. The foreland regions, like gouda, do not change shape. Click to enlarge.
Read more in her article Are the Alps Collapsing?, published in the 2005 Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences.
IS THERE NOTHING CHEESE CAN’T DO??