Mont Blanc Shrinks : New research
New research has revealed that Mont Blanc, France’s highest mountain has witnessed a reduction in its height over the past two years.
- Mont Blanc is the highest peak (4,807 metres) in Europe.
- It is located in the Alps and lies along the French-Italian border and reaches into Switzerland.
- It is nicknamed as “the roof of Europe”.
- Its name comes from the perennial snow cap that covers it, meaning literally “the white mountain”.
- The mountain stands in a range called the Graian Alps, between the regions of Aosta Valley, Italy, and Savoie and Haute-Savoie, France.
- The Alps emerged during the Alpine orogeny an event that began about 65 million years ago as the Mesozoic Era was drawing to a close.
- They are young fold mountains with rugged relief and high conical peaks.
- The Alps arose as a result of the collision of the African and Eurasian tectonic plates in which the Alpine Tethys which was formerly in between these continents disappeared.