Where is the Alps?

Alexey Ganzenko
Alexey Ganzenko
February 19, 2013
Where is the Alps?

The Alps are the highest mountain system in the western part of Europe.

In an attempt to answer the question of where the Alps are located, it is necessary to imagine a complex system of mountain ranges and ridges, convexly extending from the Middle Danube plain to the Ligurian Sea. Citizens of eight countries have grounds to call their own Alps:

  1. Slovenia
  2. Liechtenstein
  3. Austria
  4. Germany,
  5. Switzerland,
  6. Italy,
  7. Monaco,
  8. France.

In length, the alpine arc stretches for 1200 km (the inner edge of the arc is 750 km.). The width of the Alps reaches 260 km.

Mont Blanc is the highest point of the Alps, its height is 4808 m. Where the Alps, with their distant spurs, the Leith Mountains, stretched to the east, they lack only 14 km to connect with the western spurs of the Carpathians - Hundsheimer Berge.

Traditionally, the Alps are considered an international center of tourism, skiing and mountaineering. Thanks to its convenient location, the Alps are a wonderfully studied mountain system. Many terms and concepts relating to various mountain ranges of the world carry a distinct Alpine "trace": mountaineering, alpine meadows, the alpine folding period, the alpine climate zone, etc.

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