Mont Gerbier de Jonc

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Gerbier de Jonc
Mont Gerbier de Jonc (en venant de St Martial au nord-est).JPG
Highest point
Elevation 1,551 m (5,089 ft)
Coordinates 44°50′40″N 4°13′12″E / 44.84444°N 4.22000°E / 44.84444; 4.22000Coordinates: 44°50′40″N 4°13′12″E / 44.84444°N 4.22000°E / 44.84444; 4.22000
Geography
Gerbier de Jonc is located in France
Gerbier de Jonc
Gerbier de Jonc
Ardèche, France
Parent range Massif Central
Geology
Mountain type Lava dome
Phonolite

Mont Gerbier de Jonc is a mountain of volcanic (phonolitic) origin located in the Massif Central in France. It rises to an altitude of 1,551 m (5,089 ft), and its base contains three springs that are the source of the Loire, France's longest river. It is the second most-visited site in the département of Ardèche, after the Ardèche Gorges.[citation needed]

This particular Lava dome resembles the back of a mythical tarasque.[citation needed] When it was active, it would have smelled of rotten eggs due to Hydrogen sulfide gas emanating from vents and fissures surrounding it.