Landscapes Black Forest Germany
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The Black Forest (German: Schwarzwald, pronounced is a wooded mountain range in Baden-Württemberg, southwestern Germany. It is bordered by the Rhine valley to the west and south. The highest peak is the Feldberg with an elevation of 1,493 metres (4,898 ft). The region is almost rectangular with a length of 160 km (99 mi) and breadth of up to 60 km (37 mi).
The Black Forest consists of a cover of sandstone on top of a core of gneiss and granites. Formerly it shared tectonic evolution with the nearby Vosges Mountains. Later during the Middle Eocene a rifting period affected the area and caused formation of the Rhine graben. During the last glacial period of the Würm glaciation, the Black Forest was covered by glaciers; several tarns (or lakes) such as the Mummelsee are remains of this period.
Rivers in the Black Forest include the Danube (which originates in the Black Forest as the confluence of the Brigach and Breg rivers), the Enz, the Kinzig, the Murg, the Nagold, the Neckar, the Rench, and the Wiese. The Black Forest occupies part of the continental divide between the Atlantic Ocean drainage basin (drained by the Rhine) and the Black Sea drainage basin (drained by the Danube).
Some of the highest mountains in the Black Forest are:
- Feldberg (1,493 m (4,898 ft)), highest mountain of the Black Forest
- Herzogenhorn (1,415 m (4,642 ft))
- Belchen (1,414 m (4,639 ft))
- Schauinsland (1,284 m (4,213 ft))
- Kandel (1,241 m (4,072 ft)), highest mountain of the Central Black Forest
- Blauen (1,165 m (3,822 ft))
- Hornisgrinde (1,164 m (3,819 ft)), highest mountain of the Northern Black Forest