A Handbook of Northern France

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CHAPTER V
THE VOSGES AND THE ADJOINING REGIONS

23. The Highlands of the Vosges . The eastern side of the Paris basin is limited by the Vosges (German, Vogesen, or Wasgau Gebirge), a mountainous highland which should be considered, as shown in Fig. 19, in association with the similar highland of the Black Forest (German, Schwarzwald), 45 k. farther east, beyond which a covering series of stratified formations slopes gently eastward toward the basin of the upper Danube and thus roughly corresponds to the series of covering

FIG. 19. THE VOSGES MOUNTAINS, THE VALLEY OF

strata which slopes westward from the Vosges into the Paris basin. Between the two upheaved highlands lies a sunken belt, trending north and south and forming the broad valleylowland that is followed by the middle Rhine in the stretch from its narrow passage by Bâle (German, Basel) between the Black Forest and the Jura mountains on the south, to its entrance into the narrow gorge through the Slate mountains, 280 k. to the north. In consequence of this structural arrangement, both of the upheaved highlands have steep slopes toward the intermediate sunken area, and more gradual slopes toward the basins of overlapping strata.

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