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Snow-Capped Pyrenees Extending to Cap de Creus, Spain and France

42.4N 1.5E

December 15th, 2011 Category: Mountains

Spain - December 11th, 2011

The Pyrenees is a range of mountains in southwest Europe that forms a natural border between France (above) and Spain (below). It 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 Sea (Cap de Creus, visible at the right edge).

In the Western Pyrenees, the average elevation gradually increases from the west to the east, from the Basque mountains near the Bay of Biscay of the Atlantic Ocean. In the Eastern Pyrenees, with the exception of one break at the eastern extremity of the Pyrénées ariégeoises, the mean elevation is remarkably uniform until a sudden decline occurs in the easternmost portion of the chain known as the Albères.

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