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Extinct Volcanoes of France’s Massif Central

April 18th, 2009 Category: Volcanoes

France - March 31st, 2009

France - March 31st, 2009

France possesses a wide variety of landscapes, from coastal plains in the north and west to mountain ranges of the Alps in the south-east, the Massif Central in the south-central and Pyrenees in the south-west.

Several snow-capped peaks in the Massif Central are visible here. The Massif Central is an elevated region in south-central France, covering about 15% of the country. It consists of mountains and plateaus. These central mountains are separated from the Alps by a deep north-south cleft created by the Rh├┤ne River.

Subject to volcanism that has subsided in the last 10,000 years, the entire Massif Central 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.

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