Massif Central

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France, viewed from the NASA Shuttle Topography Radar Mission. The Massif Central is visible as a large red mass in the mid-southern part of the country. On the southeastern border with Italy are the Alps and on the southwestern border with Spain are the Pyrenees.

The Massif Central is an elevated region in south-central France, consisting of mountains and plateaus.

Subject to volcanism that has subsided in the last 10,000 years, these central mountains are separated from the Alps by the north-south trending Rhone River Basin.

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The following départements are generally considered as part of the Massif Central: Allier, Ardèche, Aveyron, Cantal, Corrèze, Creuse, Haute-Loire, Haute-Vienne, Loire, Lot, Lozère, and Puy-de-Dome.

The following régions are part of the Massif Central: Auvergne, Limousin. Part of the following régions are in the Massif Central: Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyrénées, and Rhône-Alpes.

The largest cities are Clermont-Ferrand and Saint-Étienne.

Mountains include

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Mont Aigoual 1567 m

Plateaus include

See also

de:Zentralmassiv fr:Massif central nl:Centraal Massief pl:Masyw Centralny sv:Centralmassivet

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