Dabie Mountains


Dabie Mountains

▪ mountains, China
Chinese (Pinyin)  Dabie Shan  or  (Wade-Giles romanization)  Ta-pieh Shan 

      mountain range in central China. Aligned roughly along a northwest-southeast axis, the Dabie Mountains form the watershed between the upper Huai (Huai River) and the Yangtze (Yangtze River) rivers and also mark the boundary between Hubei (Hupeh) province to the south and Henan and Anhui provinces to the north and east. The name Dabie Mountains properly belongs only to the higher, southeastern section of the range along the Anhui-Hubei border, but the term is often used to include the northwestward extension, to the west of Guangshui (in Hubei), which is properly called the Tongbai Mountains. The ranges together are sometimes known in the West as the Huaiyang Mountains.

      The average elevation of the western half of the range is only 1,000–1,300 feet (300–400 metres), with a few peaks at the extreme western end of the range reaching 3,000 feet (900 metres). The southeastern end of the range, the Dabie Mountains proper, forms a much more complex and formidable barrier, averaging more than 3,300 feet (1,000 metres) in height. Its highest peak, Mount Huo, reaches 5,820 feet (1,774 metres), and several others exceed 5,000 feet (1,500 metres). Three of the ridges there extend into the Huai plain and merge into the Huayang Ridge, which forms the watershed of low hills between the upper Huai and the Yangtze.

      The area has a complex structure. The Dabie Mountains, running northwest to southeast, represent the eastward end of the Qin (Tsinling) Mountains (Qin Mountains). The southeastern ridges are connected with the major structures of the area south of the Yangtze. Tectonic stresses between these mountain blocks subject the area to frequent earthquakes.

      The Dabie complex is still largely forested and produces great quantities of timber and bamboo. Its large stands of oak and cork oak make it China's chief cork-producing area. Large quantities of high-quality teas are also grown in the area. Agriculture is mostly limited to valleys and small mountain basins.

      The main route across the Dabie Mountains proper is from Macheng (in Hubei) to Huangchuan in the Huai River valley (in Henan). Farther west the main railroad and highway south from Wuhan cross by relatively easy passes.

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