Plomb du Cantal
Plomb du Cantal is a French mountain, the highest summit of Mounts of Cantal in the Massif Central, France. It is part of the Regional Natural Park of the Volcanoes of Auvergne (French: Parc Naturel Régional des Volcans d'Auvergne).
|Plomb du Cantal|
Plomb du Cantal viewed from Saint-Jacques-des-Blats
|Elevation||1,855 m (6,086 ft) |
|Prominence||774 m (2,539 ft) |
|Parent peak||Mounts of Cantal|
|Parent range||Massif Central|
|Easiest route||Hiking from Super Lioran, a ski resort|
Plomb du Cantal is in the Mounts of Cantal, a chain of volcanic mountains in the Massif Central, in the centre of the Cantal department. It is at about 40 km (25 mi) to the northeast of Aurillac, the capital of the Cantal department.
- to the west, on the side of Saint-Jacques-des-Blats, is the drainage basin of the Cère river that flows to the Dordogne river;
- to the south, on the side of the commune of Brezons, is the drainage basin of the Brezons river that flows to the Garonne river; and
- to the northeast, on the side of Albepierre-Bredons, is the drainage basin of the Alagnon river that flows to the Loire river.
The Plomb du Cantal, with other near mountains, is part of the stratovolcano of Cantal, the largest French stratovolcano and one of the most important of Europe with an area of almost 2,500 km2 (965 sq mi). It had, 4 millions of years ago, an elevation of 3,000 km (1,900 mi) or higher.
Because its importance for the movement of migratory birds, the Plomb du Cantal together with the Mounts of Cantal are part of a Special Protection Area since 2005: FR8310066 - Monts et Plomb du Cantal.
To get to the summit, there are three climbing routes:
Plomb du Cantal cable car in Lioran
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- "FR8310066 - Monts et Plomb du Cantal". National Inventory of Natural Heritage. Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
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