Pre-Alps

Pre-Alps

 

a peripheral zone of the Alps, the mountain ranges that surround on the south, west, and north the high, primarily crystalline masses of the axial zone. The Pre-Alps, which are generally separated from the axial zone by longitudinal tectonic and erosion valleys, are composed primarily of limestones, marls, sandstones, and shales. Elevations reach 2,000–3,000 m. Characteristic is the alternation of tableland massifs and broad intermontane valleys and troughs, which are sometimes filled by lakes (Bodensee, Maggiore, Garda). Glaciers are found only in the highest parts. In the north there are mixed hardwood and coniferous forests; in the south there are sparse chestnut woodlands and low evergreen formations at low elevations and hardwood and coniferous forests at higher elevations. The Pre-Alps are divided into the Venetian and Lombardy regions in the south, the French region in the west, and the Swiss, Bavarian, and Austrian regions in the north.

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Contract notice: realization of an agricultural and natural land diagnosis, definition and expertise of spaces with stakes on a part of the territory of the regional park of the pre-alps (az-maritime)
So started the friendship with a great man and devoted priest, so far from his birthplace on June 26, 1925, in Bellune, Italy, which is in the North Pre-Alps area.
Both restaurants offer al fresco dining and great views of the valley toward Grasse and the pre-Alps, as do many of the rooms, which are a mixture of conversions and new build.
A jagged bolt of lightning split the sky as storm clouds rolled in over the pre-Alps.
The Alps and pre-Alps cover 60 per cent of the country.
In the Pre-Alps region, tradition and modernity rub shoulders every day.
The route crosses the relatively low Pre-Alps rane, bordering the country's French- and German-speaking regions.
Contract notice:earthworks, pluvial drainage and masonry on the rd de la sda west pre-alps