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Massif Central

The Massif Central is an elevated region in south-central France, consiting of mountains and plateaus.

Subject to volcanism that has subsided in the last 10,000 years, these central mountains are separated from the Alps by the north-south trending Rhone River Basin.

The following départements are generaly considered as part of the Massif: Allier, Ardèche, Aveyron, Cantal, Corrèze, Creuse, Haute-Loire, Haute-Vienne, Loire, Lot, Lozère and Puy-de-Dome.

The following régions are part of the Massif: Auvergne, Limousin. Part of the following régions are in the Massif: Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyrenees, Rhône-Alpes.

The largest cities are Clermont-Ferrand and Saint-Étienne.

Mountains include: Puy-de-Dôme

Plateaus include: Larzac

See also: Geography of France