Southern Carpathians

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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Southern Carpathians


(also Transylvanian Alps), the part of the Carpathians in Rumania between the Predeal Pass and the Iron Gate on the Danube. The Southern Carpathians are approximately 300 km long. They consist of high massifs, notably in the Făgăraş and Retezat ranges, that are composed of granites, gneisses, limestones, and sandstones. The highest peaks have alpine-type landforms. The maximum elevation occurs at Mount Moldoveanu (2,543 m). The mountains are dissected by the valleys of the Jiu, Olt, and Cerna rivers, along which railroads and highways run. The region is a seismic area. In the west the Southern Carpathians adjoin the mountains of the Banat.

Beech and oak forests occur at the foot of the Southern Carpathians and on the lower slopes to elevations of 900–1,000 m. At higher elevations, the forests are primarily coniferous to 1,700 m; as elevations increase, the forests give way to shrubs and sub-alpine and alpine meadows.

Petroleum deposits occur along the southern foot of the mountains at such locations as Floresti and Pitesti. Coal is mined at Petroşani. The region is also known for the mining of common salt.

The mountain climatic health resort of Sinaia is located in the Southern Carpathians, as are the balneological resorts of Călimăneşti, Băile-Herculane, Băile-Govora, and Băile-Olăneşti.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Key words: ERT, periglacial, permafrost, internal structure, Southern Carpathians
Ever since the 19th century, the existence of periglacial landforms in the Southern Carpathians has been faithfully recorded.
Hence, the communication between the populations from the Southern Carpathians and the ones from the Poiana Rusca Mountains seems unlikely, but, for now, it can't be ruled out.
Therefore, we tried to identify the most suitable model for the automatic classification of the landforms in the alpine area of the Southern Carpathians.
The study area is situated in the Tarcu Mountains (fig.1), and is representative for the relief of the alpine level of the Southern Carpathians (Romania).

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