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Maritime Alps

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Peak  Monte Argentera
Elevation  3,297 m
Province  Province of Cuneo
Parent range  Alps
Orogeny  Alpine orogeny
Highest point  Monte Argentera
Country  Italy
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Countries  France, Italy and Monaco
Region, Région  Piedmont, Liguria Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Borders on  Ligurian Alps, Cottian Alps, Provence Alps and Prealps and Mediterranean sea
Mountains  Monte Argentera, Cime du Gélas, Monte Matto, Monte Clapier, Enciastraia

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The Maritime Alps (French: Alpes Maritimes [alp maʁitim]; Italian: Alpi Marittime [ˈalpi maˈrittime]) are a mountain range in the southwestern part of the Alps. They form the border between the French region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and the Italian regions of Piedmont and Liguria. They are the southernmost part of the Alps.

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Map of Maritime Alps, 12010 Vinadio, Province of Cuneo, Italy

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GeographyEdit

Administratively the range is divided between the Italian provinces of Cuneo and Imperia (eastern slopes) and the French department of Alpes-Maritimes (western slopes).

The Maritime Alps are drained by the rivers Roya, Var and Verdon and their tributaries on the French side; by the Stura di Demonte and other tributaries of the Tanaro and Po on the Italian side. There are many attractive perched villages, such as Belvédère at the entrance to the spectacular Gordolasque valley, some concealing unexpected architectural riches (for example in the south there are numerous churches decorated with murals and altar pieces by primitive Niçois painters).

BordersEdit

The borders of the Maritime Alps are (anticlockwise):

  • Vermenagna creek, Col de Tende - which connects them with the Ligurian Alps - and Roya (east);
  • Mediterranean sea and Var valley (south)
  • Verdon, Col d'Allos - which connects them with Provence Alps and Prealps - and Ubaye (west);
  • Colle della Maddalena (which connects them with the Cottian Alps) and Stura di Demonte (north).
  • PeaksEdit

    The main peaks of the Maritime Alps are:

    PassesEdit

    The chief passes of the Maritime Alps are:

    Nature conservationEdit

    The French Mercantour National Park (central area:68,500 ha + peripheral area:140,000 ha ) is part of the Maritime Alps as well as the Parco naturale delle Alpi Marittime, an Italian regional nature park of 28,455 ha.

    MapsEdit

  • Italian official cartography (Istituto Geografico Militare - IGM); on-line version: www.pcn.minambiente.it
  • French official cartography (Institut Géographique National - IGN); on-line version: www.geoportail.fr
  • References

    Maritime Alps Wikipedia


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