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Hex River Mountains

Coordinates: 33°25′S 19°30′E / 33.417°S 19.500°E / -33.417; 19.500
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Hex River Mountains
Highest point
ListingList of mountain ranges of South Africa
Coordinates33°25′S 19°30′E / 33.417°S 19.500°E / -33.417; 19.500
Length25 km (16 mi)[1]
Width4 km (2.5 mi)[1]
Hex River Mountains is located in Western Cape
Hex River Mountains
Hex River Mountains
Location of the Hex River Mountains in the Western Cape
OrogenyCape Fold Belt

The Hex River Mountains (Afrikaans: Hexrivierberge) make up the second highest mountain range in the Western Cape province of South Africa and are located 120 kilometres (75 miles) north-east of Cape Town. They form part of a large anticline in the Cape Fold Belt mountain system and form a north-east, south-west trending mountain system forming the core of the Cape Syntaxis between the towns of Worcester and De Doorns. They are mostly composed of Table Mountain sandstone and most peaks reach 2,000 metres (6,600 feet) in height or more. The highest mountain is Matroosberg at 2,249 metres (7,379 feet), making it the second tallest peak in the province after Seweweekspoort Peak in the Swartberg Mountain Range.

The vegetation is primarily montane fynbos and the mountains fall within the Cape's Mediterranean climate. The mountains provide some rudimentary snow-skiing opportunities in winter, with the Western Cape's heaviest snowfalls occurring in and around these ranges. The surrounding valleys support intensive deciduous fruit cultivation, mostly in the form of cherries and table grapes.

Block streams and terraces found in the near the summit of Matroosberg evidences past periglacial activity, which occurred likely during the Last Glacial Maximum.[2]

Hex River Mountains, with Buffelshoek Peak (2060 m) and Milner Peak (1995 m).

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  1. ^ a b "Hex River Valley, Western Cape, South Africa". southafrica.co.za. Retrieved 30 June 2022.
  2. ^ Boelhouwers, Jan (1999). "Relict periglacial slope deposits in the Hex River Mountains, South Africa: observations and palaeoenvironmental implications". Geomorphology. 30 (3). Elsevier: 245–258. Bibcode:1999Geomo..30..245B. doi:10.1016/S0169-555X(99)00033-1.

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