Estrela, Serra da

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Estrela, Serra da

Estrela, Serra da (sĕrˈrə ᵺə əshtrāˈlə), mountain range, central Portugal. It rises to 6,532 ft (1,991 m) in Malhão da Estrela, Portugal's highest peak. The range is an important pastoral region. Its streams are used to generate hydroelectricity. Tungsten and tin are mined there. Notable for their beauty and their winter snows, the mountains are a year-round resort area.
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Estrêla, Serra da


a mountain range in central Portugal. The Serra da Estrêla, which constitutes the elevated western edge of the Meseta, extends 80 km and rises to an elevation of 1,991 m at Malhão da Estrêla, which is the highest peak in Portugal. The peaks have smooth contours and the slopes are steep and deeply dissected by rivers. The range has meadows and Mediterranean shrub and forest vegetation. There are deposits of tungsten (at Panasqueira), uranium (near Guarda), and tin.

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