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Snow Atop the Pyrenees, France and Spain

42.6N 1.0E

February 13th, 2013 Category: Mountains

Spain and France – January 25th, 2013

Snow sits atop the peaks of the Pyrenees, a range of mountains in southwest Europe that forms a natural border between France and Spain, with the tiny country of Andorra sandwiched in between. The range also separates the Iberian Peninsula from the rest of continental Europe, and extends for about 491 km (305 mi) from the Bay of Biscay (Cap Higuer) to the Mediterranean (Cap de Creus).

The Pyrenees are older than the Alps: their sediments were first deposited in coastal basins during the Paleozoic and Mesozoic eras. The eastern part of the Pyrenees consists largely of granite and gneissose rocks, while in the western part the granite peaks are flanked by layers of limestone. The massive and unworn character of the chain comes from its abundance of granite, which is particularly resistant to erosion, as well as weak glacial development.

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