Western Romanian Carpathians

The Western Romanian Carpathians (Romanian: Carpații Occidentali Românești, Hungarian: Nyugati-Kárpátok), along with the Eastern Romanian Carpathians and the Southern Carpathians is one of the three main mountain ranges of Romania. Their name is given based on their geographical position, west, to the Transylvanian Plateau, which is simultaneously their eastern limits, respectively to the Timiș-Cerna Gap of the Banat Mountains, the southern group of the Western Carpathians.

Western Carpathians
Romanian: Carpații Occidentali
MunteleVulcan 2.jpg
Vulcan Mountain in Apuseni Mountains
Highest point
Elevation1,849 m (6,066 ft)
Coordinates46°30′N 23°00′E / 46.5°N 23.0°E / 46.5; 23.0Coordinates: 46°30′N 23°00′E / 46.5°N 23.0°E / 46.5; 23.0
Carpatii occidentali.jpg
The map shows the three groups in western Romania: the northern group of the Apuseni Mountains, the central group - Poiana Ruscă Mountains and the southern group - Banat Mountains
Parent rangeCarpathians
OrogenyAlpine orogeny

The Western Carpathians are positioned between the rivers Danube, Barcău and Someș. They have a maximum altitude of 1849 m in the Bihor Mountains, Cucurbăta Mare Peak (Hungarian: Nagy-Bihar) - 1849 metres, also called Bihor Peak. Discontinuity is one of their basic characteristics. Geographical composition is varied, with a real "petrographic mosaic". (flysch, crystalline schists, limestones, igneous rocks, metamorphic rocks)

Mountain rangesEdit

From north to south, three major mountain groups can be identified, separated by different river valleys.

There are 18 subgroups in total.

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

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