Nanling Mountains

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Nanling Mountains
Nanling Mountains南岭 is located in China
Nanling Mountains南岭
Nanling Mountains
Location in China
Highest point
Peak Kitten Mountain
Elevation 2,142 m (7,028 ft)
Coordinates 25°10′N 112°20′E / 25.167°N 112.333°E / 25.167; 112.333Coordinates: 25°10′N 112°20′E / 25.167°N 112.333°E / 25.167; 112.333
Length 600 km (370 mi) E/W
Width 200 km (120 mi) N/E
Location Guangxi, Guangdong and Hunan
State/Province CN
Nanling Mountains
Traditional Chinese 南嶺山脈
Simplified Chinese 南岭山脉
Literal meaning The Southern Ridge Mountain Range
Five Ranges
Traditional Chinese 五嶺
Simplified Chinese 五岭
Southern Mountains
Chinese 南山

The Nanling Mountains, also known as the "Southern Mountains" or the "Five Ranges", are a group of mountain ranges in South China running through Guangxi, Guangdong, and Hunan.

The mountains forming the ranges are generally of moderate altitude, the highest point being the summit of Kitten Mountain at 2,142 meters (7,028 ft).


The five mountain ranges that make up the Nanling are the:

The Nanling Mountains separate Central China from South China. Areas south of the ranges are tropical in climate, permitting two crops of white rice to be grown each year.

Ion adsorption clays are mined by open-pit methods in the Nanling region, and form a major source of rare earth elements in the world.[1]

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