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France's mountains from space (Taken by NASA)
Position of the Massif Central within the Variscan orogen in Europe
Neoproterozoic gneiss of the Arverne domain near Nontron, Dordogne. The light-coloured greywacke layer dips steeply to the NNE.

The Massif Central is a high region in south-central France. It has mountains and plateaux. it covers 15% of the country. The geological history of the massif is complicated. It is ancient, and many things have happened to it.[1][2]

Many extinct volcanos can be found there, the largest concentration in the world with 450 volcanos. It is separated from the Alps by the valley of the Rhone.

These departments are usually considered as part of the Massif Central: Allier, Ardèche, Aveyron, Cantal, Corrèze, Creuse, Haute-Loire, Haute-Vienne, Loire, Lot, Lozère, and Puy-de-Dôme.


Here are some well-known mountains in the massif central:


Massif central on a Map of France

The Massif Central is a very important mountain range in France. It is the fourth highest, the Alps, the Pyrénées, and Corsica are higher; Jura, Vosges, Morvan and Ardennes are lower.



  1. Faure, Michel, Lardeaux, Jean-Marc & Ledru, Patrick 2009. A review of the pre-Permian geology of the Variscan French Massif Central. Les grands traits de l’évolution anté-permienne du Massif central français. Comptes Rendus Géoscience, 341, numéro 2-3, pages 202-213.
  2. Peterlongo, J.M. 1978. Massif Central. Guides géologiques régionaux, Masson. ISBN 2-225-49753-2