Margeride

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Margeride (In Occitan Marjarida) is a mountainous region of France, situated in the Massif Central, inside the départements of Cantal, Haute-Loire and Lozère.

Location[edit]

In Cantal, its western boundary is the Truyère, and its eastern boundary, in Haute-Loire, by the gorges of the river Allier. To the south, in Lozère, It is the Lot which delimits the region.

Geology[edit]

The lithology of area is manly granitoids and gneiss.[1] The highest peaks are the Signal de Randon at 1,551 metres and the Mont Mouchet at 1,465 metres.

Other details[edit]

In the 18th century the Margeride was terrorised by the Beast of Gévaudan.

The area was a stronghold of the French Resistance in the Second World War. It was from here that the Resistance worked to delay German reinforcements travelling north after the D-Day landings.

Today the area contains a museum of ecology, and a park with a herd of rare European Bison.

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