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TitleMassif du Sancy, Massif Central, France
DescriptionThe highest point in central France is the Puy de Sancy in the Monts Dore chain, rising 1,886 m (6,188 ft) and serving as the source of the Dordogne River. Skiers and other visitors can reach the peak by cable car from the town of Le Mont-Dore, followed by a walk. This peak is the remnant of a collapsed lava dome that produced glowing avalanches (nuee ardente) about 330,000 years ago.
Geologic provinceMassif Central
LocationFrance ▹ Auvergne. Near Clermont-Ferrand.
PhotographerDexter Perkins. 1990.
Key wordsSancy, massif, France, nuee ardente
Tech details492 KB. Vista. Canon FTQL.
GeoDIL number233