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Derborence is a hamlet in the municipality of Conthey, in the canton of Valais, in Switzerland. It is located at 1,450 metres in an isolated valley on the south side of the Bernese Alps and is not permanently inhabited. Derborence is completely surrounded by mountains: The Diablerets (highest) on the north, Haut de Cry on the south and Mont Gond on the east.

Lake Derborence was formed in 1749 after two landslides coming from the south wall of the Diablerets. Thousands of tons of rock came crashing down from a height of 1900 metres in 1714 and 1749, coming to 400 metres below and forming a 2 kilometre-long natural barrier which gradually filled with water. A virgin forest grew on the rock debris. It consists of spruce, pine, larch, stone pine, beech and willows. The area was acquired by Pro Natura in 1961 and is now protected.

The valley, which is exceptionnaly rich in fauna, is a natural habitat for ibex, chamois, deer, marmots and hares and several bird species including the owl, golden eagle, bearded vulture and alpine chough.


The Alps (French: Alpes; German: Alpen; Italian: Alpi; Romansh: Alps; Slovene: Alpe) is the name for one of the great mountain range systems of Europe, stretching from Austria and Slovenia in the east, through Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany to France in the west. The word "Alps" was taken via French from Latin Alpes (meaning "the Alps"), which may be influenced by the Latin words albus (white) or altus (high) or more likely a Latin rendering of a Celtic or Ligurian original.

The highest mountain in the Alps is Mont Blanc, at 4,808 metres (15,774 ft), on the Italian-French border. All the main peaks of the Alps can be found in the list of mountains of the Alps and list of Alpine peaks by prominence.

The Alps are generally divided into the Western Alps and the Eastern Alps. The division is along the line between Lake Constance and Lake Como, following the Rhine. The Western Alps are higher, but their central chain is shorter and curved; they are located in Italy, France and Switzerland. The Eastern Alps (main ridge system elongated and broad) belong to Austria, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovenia and Switzerland.

The Alps are a classic example of what happens when a temperate area at lower altitude gives way to higher elevation terrain. Elevations around the world which have cold climates similar to those found in polar areas have been called alpine. A rise from sea level into the upper regions of the atmosphere causes the temperature to decrease. The effect of mountain chains on prevailing winds is to carry warm air belonging to the lower region into an upper zone, where it expands in volume at the cost of a proportionate loss of heat, often accompanied by the precipitation of moisture in the form of snow or rain.


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  1. Aysha Bibiana Balboa 41 months ago | reply

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  3. duqueıros 41 months ago | reply

    love this framing !

  4. JetpacApp 41 months ago | reply

    We want to take our jetpac and fly to Switzerland right away!

  5. inzypinz 41 months ago | reply

    absolutely incredible!

  6. sognatore58 41 months ago | reply

    Ciao Katarina
    How wonderful !!!!!!! This is a stratospheric picture. I love all your shot.

  7. Radmilo Djurovic 41 months ago | reply

    Realy great shot ! Bravo !

  8. Different_vision 40 months ago | reply

    Heavenly photo! I'm in love. Because of the fact that you love taking mountain photos, and the fact that your name is Katarina, I think you should totally check out St. Katherine's mountain in Sinai, Egypt. You'll probably take a more interesting aspect of it than the ones we see..

  9. peet-astn 38 months ago | reply

    so very beautiful.

  10. charleswang55 38 months ago | reply

    Looks fantastic!!

  11. fototrek2002 38 months ago | reply

    the image "pops" due to great design and framing of the branches in the foreground to provide a sense of depth.

  12. NimSav 37 months ago | reply

    splendid .....

  13. PeteHuu 36 months ago | reply

    stunning capture Catarina
    hope that Flickr remove thiefs account

  14. mraadsen 36 months ago | reply

    Lovely colours!

  15. Nil mutant 32 months ago | reply

    great picture of a beautiful place.

  16. Emya Photography (Ema95) 32 months ago | reply

    Beautiful view, amazing photos!

  17. Polis Poliviou 29 months ago | reply

    Brilliant Image !

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