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Black Forest

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The Black Forest (German: Schwarzwald [ˈʃvaʁt͡svalt] ) is a large forested mountain range in the state of Baden-Württemberg in southwest Germany, bounded by the Rhine Valley to the west and south and close to the borders with France and Switzerland.[1] It is the source of the Danube and Neckar rivers.

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Black Forest
View from the Hohfelsen near Seebach
Highest point
Elevation1,493 m (4,898 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
Coordinates48.300°N 8.150°E / 48.300; 8.150
Length160 km (99 mi)
Area6,000 km2 (2,300 sq mi)
Map of Germany with the Black Forest
(outlined in green)
Parent rangeSouthwest German Uplands/Scarplands
OrogenyCentral Uplands
Type of rockGneiss, Bunter sandstone

Its highest peak is the Feldberg with an elevation of 1,493 metres (4,898 ft) above sea level. Roughly oblong in shape, with a length of 160 kilometres (100 miles) and breadth of up to 50 km (30 mi),[2] it has an area of about 6,009 km2 (2,320 sq mi).[1]

Historically, the area was known for forestry and the mining of ore deposits, but tourism has now become the primary industry, accounting for around 300,000 jobs.[3] There are several ruined military fortifications dating back to the 17th century.[4]

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