Vosges


Vosges
/vohzh/, n.
1. a range of low mountains in NE France: highest peak, 4668 ft. (1423 m).
2. a department in NE France. 397,957; 2279 sq. mi. (5905 sq. km). Cap.: Épinal.

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      massif extending west of the Rhine River Valley in the Haut-Rhin, Bas-Rhin, and Vosges départements of eastern France. Of ancient rocks, the dome-shaped mountains rise to their greatest heights north of Belfort Gap and then spread westward for more than 40 miles (64 km) toward the Moselle Valley and northward for more than 70 miles (114 km) parallel to the Rhine. They form chains of granite in the south and of red sandstone in the north, which fall abruptly to the Rhine Valley; but to the west the forested slopes descend more gently. In the south the high Vosges summits, known as ballons, exceed 4,000 feet (1,200 metres), culminating in the Ballon de Guebwiller, 4,672 feet (1,424 metres). In the southwest, a region favoured by vacationers, the heights slope down to pleasant valleys and to lakes, such as Gérardmer and Longemer. In the northern Vosges, in the region southwest of Strasbourg, elevations reach 3,307 feet (1,008 metres) at Le Donon mountain, dropping to less than 2,000 feet (600 metres) beyond the Col (pass) de Saverne. The higher mountains are snow-covered in winter and are both a tourist attraction and a winter sports area. In the shelter of the highest summits, to the southeast, are the vineyards of Alsace.

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