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Mountain Ranges of Europe: Pyrenees, Massif Central and the Alps – October 21st, 2009

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October 21st, 2009 Category: Image of the day

France, Switzerland, Italy - September 29th, 2009

France, Switzerland, Italy - September 29th, 2009

Three mountain ranges can be observed in this image focusing on France, Switzerland and northwestern Italy: the Pyrenees, the Massif Central and the Alps. The peaks of the Massif Central are generally lower than those of the other two ranges.

The Pyrenees (bottom left) provide the border between Spain and France. Their highest peak is  Pico d’Aneto or Pic de Néthou, at 3,404 metres (11,168 ft) in the Maladeta Ridge.

The Massif Central is located in south-central France. The tallest peak is Puy de Sancy, 1886 meters high, in the Monts-Dores Range.

Finally, the Alps stretch from France in the west through Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany, to Austria and Slovenia in the east. The highest mountain in the Alps is Mont Blanc, at 4,808 metres (15,774 ft), on the Italian–French border.

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