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Geography and Geology of the Languedoc:   Mountains

the Pyrenees ( The Name in Occitan. Click here to find out more about occitan.  Pirenčus,  The Name in Catalan Pirineus,  The Name in French Pyrénées) form chain across south-western Europe.   This chain stretches from the shores of the Mediterranean Sea to the Bay of Biscay on the Atlantic Ocean.   It forms a natural barrier between the Iberian Peninsular and the rest of Europe, providing a convenient border between sovereign states.   The chain also creates a climatic divide. Northern slopes receive abundant rainfall while the southern slopes have a steppe-like climate.

The mountains of Languedoc-Roussillon reach heights of almost 3000 metres in the Pyrenees, with the peaks of Canigou (2,784m, or 9,135ft) and Carlit (2,921m).

Click on the following links or more information about the Pyrenees ( The Name in Occitan. Click here to find out more about occitan.   Pirenčus), and for more about the "mysterious" mountain in the foothill of the Pyrenees called the Pic de Bugarach

Peaks in the Massif Central to the North of the Languedoc exceed 1500m notably Mont Lozčre (1699m, 5,580ft) and Mont Aigoual (1565m).

The Black Mountains. The Montagne Noire (Occitan: Montanha Negra, lit. "Black Mountain") is a mountain range in located at the southwestern end of the Massif Central in the border area of the Tarn, Hérault and Aude departments. Its highest point is the Pic de Nore at 1,210 m.

The mountain is within the Parc naturel régional du Haut-Languedoc.

Other mountains and mountainous areas. More info tofollow. Mt Aigoual,   Anduze,   Florac,   Ganges,   Gorge du Tarn,   Mt Lozere,   Mende,   Millau,   St Guilhem le Desert,   St Hippolyte du Fort,   St Enimie,   Sauve,   Le Vigan


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