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The Harz Mountain Range, Germany

51.8N 10.2E

May 24th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Harz Mountain Range, Germany - May 12th, 2009

Harz Mountain Range, Germany - May 12th, 2009

The Harz is a mountain range in central Germany, visible here as a dark forested area in the center. In fact, the name Harz derives from the Middle High German word Hardt or Hart, meaning mountain forest.

It is the highest mountain chain in northern Germany occupying parts of the German states of Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia.

The Harz has a length of 110 kilometers (68 mi), stretching from the town of Seesen in the northwest to Eisleben in the southeast, and a width of 35 kilometers (22 mi).

It occupies an area of 2,226 square kilometers (859.5 sq mi), and reaches its highest point at the Brocken, a 1,141 meter (3,743 ft) peak,

The range is divided into the Upper Harz (Oberharz) in the northwest and the Lower Harz (Unterharz) in the southeast.

The Upper Harz has a higher elevation and features fir forests, while the Lower Harz gradually descends towards the surrounding land and has deciduous forests mingled with meadows.

The surrounding plains are flecked with bright green and tan patches from different crops grown in those areas.

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