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Ridges of the Massif Central, France

45.7N 2.9E

February 18th, 2011 Category: Mountains

France - January 16th, 2011

The Massif Central is an elevated region that consists of mountains and plateaux, situated in the middle of southern France. It covers 15 percent of the country.

Here, the peaks of several mountain ridges are capped in snow. These central mountains are separated from the Alps by a deep north-south cleft created by the Rhône River.

Snow Covering Central and Eastern France

45.7N 2.9E

January 1st, 2011 Category: Mountains

France - December 26th, 2010

Snow blankets much of central and eastern France in this image taken during the late December blizzards that affected much of Europe. Here, it covers the Massif Central, and in the full image can be seen extending eastward to Switzerland and northern Italy.

Snow can also be seen atop the Pyrenees (bottom) and the Alps (right side of full image), as one might expect. The land near the coast, however, remains clear. This is true on the western coast, by the Gironde Estuary and cities such as Bordeaux and Nantes, and along the southern coast, by cities such as Marseilles.

Puy Mary and Other Snow-Capped Peaks of the Massif Central, France

45.1N 2.6E

April 5th, 2010 Category: Mountains

France - March 5th, 2010

France - March 5th, 2010

The Massif Central is an elevated region in south-central France, consisting of mountains and plateaus. It is situated in the middle of France and it covers 15 percent of the country.

Subject to volcanism that has subsided in the last 10,000 years, these central mountains are separated from the Alps by a deep north-south cleft created by the Rhône River and known in French as the sillon rhodanien (literally “the furrow of the Rhône”).

The Massif Central is a distinct physiographic province of the smaller Central European Uplands division. The entire region contains the largest concentration of extinct volcanoes in the world with approximately 450 volcanoes. One strip alone running north to south and less than 60 square miles (160 km2) contains 115 of them.

Visible as a deep groove in the midst of the snow-capped peaks near the image center is the Pas de Peyrol (el. 1,589 m), a mountain pass located in Auvergne, France. The pass is on the slopes of Puy Mary (1,787 m) and is the highest road pass in the Massif Central.

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

44.3N 5.4E

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.

Puy Mary in the Massif Central, France

45.1N 2.6E

October 12th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

France - September 29th, 2009

France - September 29th, 2009

The Massif Central is an elevated region in south-central France, consisting of mountains and plateaus. A flatter area with many cities and towns appears brown, reaching from the center to the top center of the image.

Southwest of this flatter brownish area is a green area with dark brown peaks. The Pas de Peyrol, a mountain pass located in Auvergne, France, is found amidst these mountains on the slopes of Puy Mary (1,787 m). At an elevation of 1,589 meters, it is the highest road pass in the Massif Central.