Chaîne des Puys

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Chaîne des Puys
View from the Puy de Dôme to the Chaîne des Puys

View from the Puy de Dôme to the Chaîne des Puys

Highest peak Puy de Dôme ( 1465  m )
location Département Puy-de-Dôme / France
part of Massif Central
Chaîne des Puys (France)
Chaîne des Puys
Coordinates 45 ° 46 ′  N , 2 ° 58 ′  E Coordinates: 45 ° 46 ′  N , 2 ° 58 ′  E
Type Volcanic field
Age of the rock 90,000 years

The Chaîne des Puys , sometimes also called Monts Dômes , is a chain of volcanic mountains in the French Massif Central , in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region . It extends in north-south direction over a length of about 30 kilometers and includes around a hundred extinct volcanoes. It is located west of Clermont-Ferrand , in the Puy-de-Dôme department . The highest point is the Puy de Dôme of the same name , with a height of 1465 meters above sea level.

The Chaîne des Puys is part of the Volcans d'Auvergne Regional Nature Park .


The area contains the remains of three different types of volcanoes:

The volcanoes date from the Quaternary period . The first eruptions took place around 90,000 years ago, the last around 6,000 years ago on Lac Pavin .

Some peaks of the Chaîne des Puys

from North to south:


The European Park for Volcanism, Vulcania , is a theme park that deals with all issues relating to volcanism and deals with them in a large number of exhibits and installations. It is located in Saint-Ours-les-Roches in the middle of the real volcanoes of the Chaîne des Puys.

Web links

Commons : Chaîne des Puys  - Collection of images, videos and audio files


  • Johannes Baier (2020): The Chaîne des Puys in the Auvergne. - Fossils 37 (2): 46-56.

Individual evidence

  1. Graphic timing