Friday, March 30, 2007

Where the nature sings

The Alps is the name of one of the biggest and gorgeous mountain chain systems of Europe, stretching from Austria and Slovenia in the east, through Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany to France in the west. They are divided into the Western Alps and the Eastern Alps.

Mont Blanс is the highest mountain in the Alps chain - 4,808 meters (15,774 ft).

As we rise from the sea level into the upper levels of atmosphere the temperature decreases. What is interesting, there are eternal glaciers in the top of alps, the temperature is low; going down it begins to increase, that's why the lowest areas of the Alps are full of rich flora. Furthermore the weather forecast in the Alps is really unpredictable.

The Alps are considered to be attractive for tourists and especially Alpinists. Clean snow and at the same time wonderful forests, wide meadows, which you can smell amazing fragrance from, the cleanest air. What a place for chilling! Such nature is needed for people and their health to be strong, for getting some positive emotions, which people usually have a lack of. And the air is so clean, that some people might collapse, because they didn't get used to that clean air.
What is most wonderful about The Alps is its extremely rich and diverse nature : vast meadows, forests, lakes…

Great deal of herbaceous vegetation is very common in the Alps. There is a great variety of meadow flowers: rusty-leaved Alpenrose, Edelweiss, stemless gentian, Alpine pasque-flower, glacier buttercup etc. Wildlife still charms us: Alpine Ibex, Chamois, Alpine Marmot, Mountain Hare. Birds: Golden Eagle, Alpine Chough, Alpine Accentor.

Ptarmigan, Tengmalm's Owl, Capercaillie, Alpine Salamander. These species are found in 15% of the Alps protected in parks and reserves.

See The Alps location on the map.

Some gorgeous pictures of The Alps:

Learn more about The Alps in Wikipedia.

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