Massif Central Extensive mountainous plateau in se central France. The volcanic Auvergne Mountains form the core of the region, which also includes the Cévennes (se) and the Causses (sw). Sheep and goats graze on the slopes of the Massif Central. The region has hydroelectric plants and coal and kaolin mines. The highest peak is Puy de Sancy, at 1886m (6186ft). Area: c.85,000sq km (32,800sq mi).
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