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Lower Tauern

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Peak  Hochgolling
States  Salzburg and Styria
Highest point  Hochgolling
Parent range  Central Eastern Alps
Elevation  2,863 m (9,393 ft)
Orogeny  Alpine orogeny
Country  Austria
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Borders on  List Western Tauern Alps Northern Salzburg Alps Salzkammergut and Upper Austria Alps Northern Styrian Alps Styrian Prealps Carinthian-Styrian Alps
Mountains  Hochgolling, Großer Bösenstein, Geierhaupt, Greim

The Lower Tauern or Niedere Tauern (Slovene: Nizke Ture) are a mountain range of the Central Eastern Alps, in the Austrian states of Salzburg and Styria.

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For the etymology of the name, see Tauern.

Geography

The range forms a part of the main chain of the Alps. The highest peak of the Lower Tauern is the Hochgolling, part of the Schladming Tauern, at 2,863 m (9,393 ft).

Important mountain pass roads include Radstädter Tauern Pass (1,738 m (5,702 ft)), Sölk Pass (1,788 m (5,866 ft)), and Triebener Tauern Pass (1,274 m (4,180 ft)). The range is also crossed by the Tauern Autobahn (A10) through the Tauern Road Tunnel.

Borders

In the west and south the Murtörl mountain pass and the River Mur separate them from the Hohe Tauern mountain range, while in the east and north the River Enns and the Schober Pass marks the border to the Northern Limestone Alps.

Alpine Club classification

According to the Alpine Club classification of the Eastern Alps, the Lower Tauern may be divided into four subgroups (from west to east):

  • Radstadt Tauern (45a)
  • Schladming Tauern (45b)
  • Rottenmann and Wölz Tauern (45c)
  • Seckau Tauern (45d).
  • The four groups listed above (the Radstadt Tauern, Schladming Tauern, Rottenmann and Wölz Tauern and Seckau Alps) are considered Alpine subsections.

    Notable summits

    Some notable summits of the range are:

    Geology and environment

    The Lower Tauern mark the approximate eastern limit of the continuous ice sheet in the Alps during the Würm glaciation. Eastern parts of the group were therefore unglaciated, and served as an important refugium for silicicolous plants.

    Winter sports

    A number of skiing resorts are situated in the Lower Tauern, including Obertauern and Schladming.

    References

    Lower Tauern Wikipedia


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