|Range Type||Bogus mountain grouping for this site|
|Highest Point||Puy de Sancy (1885 m/6184 ft)|
|Countries||France (39%), United Kingdom (22%), Germany (21%), Ireland (6%), Denmark (4%), Netherlands (3%), Belgium (3%)|
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
|Area||1,094,676 sq km / 422,655 sq mi|
Area may include lowland areas
|Extent||1,962 km / 1,219 mi North-South|
1,594 km / 990 mi East-West
|Center Lat/Long||50° 28' N; 4° 1' E|
|Map Link||Microsoft Bing Map|
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The Northwest Europe category is a very random grouping of mountains. It is a large area that includes everything north of the Alps and the Pyrenees: Great Britain, Ireland, the Low Countries, Denmark, and most of France and Germany. When it comes to mountain ranges, the main unifying terrain characteristic of this area is low, rolling hills with very few areas of real mountains. Elevations never rise above 2000 meters, and in most of the area hills above 1000 meters are rare.
The eastern border of this area is arbitrary, since the lowlands of Eastern Europe are very similar to the lowlands of Northwest Europe. Also, it is unusual to include large islands like Great Britian and Ireland with areas on the continent, but the terrain on both sides of the narrow English Channel shows topographic similarity.
Historically, culturally, politically, and economically, this small area has played a strikingly disproportionate role in world affairs. The low rolling hills and fertile countryside here sustained the cities of Paris, London, Amsterdam, and Berlin, all seats of empires that together emcompassed half the world. So these low peaks have seen an unusual amount of scrutiny over the years.
|Map of Northwest Europe|
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Note: Range borders shown on map are an approximation and are not authoritative.
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|Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Northwest Europe.|
|Europe||Level 1 (Parent)|
|         Scandinavia-European Arctic||Level 2 (Sibling)|
|         Northwest Europe||Level 2|
|                 Ireland||Level 3 (Child)|
|                 Great Britain||Level 3 (Child)|
|                 North France-West Rhine Area||Level 3 (Child)|
|                 German Highlands||Level 3 (Child)|
|                 Massif Central||Level 3 (Child)|
|         Iberian Peninsula||Level 2 (Sibling)|
|         Alps||Level 2 (Sibling)|
|         Italian Peninsula and Islands||Level 2 (Sibling)|
|         Eastern Europe Ranges||Level 2 (Sibling)|
|         Balkan Peninsula||Level 2 (Sibling)|
|         Ural Mountains||Level 2 (Sibling)|
|         Caucasus Mountains||Level 2 (Sibling)|
Major Peaks of the Northwest Europe
Photos of Peaks in the Northwest Europe
|Ben Nevis: The summit area of Ben Nevis on a typically cloudy day.|
|Snowdon: Snowdon is the high triangular peak in this view from the Pen-Y-Pass approach.|
|Carrauntoohil: The craggy summit of Ireland's high point. Photo by Leon Firth.|
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