Cime du Gélas
|Cime du Gélas|
|Elevation||3,143 m (10,312 ft)|
|Prominence||669 m (2,195 ft) |
|Listing||Alpine mountains above 3000 m|
|Parent range||Maritime Alps|
|First ascent||1864 by Paolo di Saint-Robert|
It is the highest peak of the Mercantour National Park, while on the Italian side it is included in the Maritime Alps Natural Park. Geologically, it is part of the Mercantour-Argentera massif, and is mostly formed by granitoid gneiss. The peak is composed of two smaller ones, divided by a gorge; the highest peak is the northern one, which is topped by a cross built here by priests from Cuneo.
The mountain's name derives from the glaciers which occupy its northern slopes, which have however reduced substantially during the late 20th century.
- Cime du Gélas, France/Italy, www.peakbagger.com (accessed on April 2014)
- Italian official cartography (Istituto Geografico Militare - IGM); on-line version: www.pcn.minambiente.it
- French official cartography (Institut Géographique National - IGN); on-line version: www.geoportail.fr
- Geologic map (in Italian)