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The Tatra Mountains, Tatras or Tatra (Tatry in both Polish and Slovak, Tátra in Hungarian), constitute a mountain range which forms a natural border between Slovakia and Poland and is the highest mountain range of Carpathians. They occupy an area of 750 km², the major part (600 km²) of which lies in Slovakia. The highest mountain is Gerlach at 2,655 m, located in Slovakia just north of Poprad. The north-western peak of Rysy (2,499 m) is the highest Polish mountain.
The Tatras consist of:
Western Tatras (Slovak: Západné Tatry, Polish: Tatry Zachodnie)
Eastern Tatras (Východné Tatry, Tatry Wschodnie), which consist of:
High Tatras (Vysoké Tatry, Tatry Wysokie)
Belianske Tatras (Belianske Tatry, Tatry Bielskie)
The Tatra Mountains are the highest mountain range in the Carpathian Mountains. Although considerably smaller than the Alps, they are classified as having an alpine landscape. Their high mountain character, combined with great accessibility, makes them popular with tourists and scientists.
The area is a well-known winter sports area, with resorts such as Zakopane, the “Winter Capital” of Poland, Poprad and the town (Mesto) Vysoké Tatry in Slovakia (in English literally (Town of the High Tatras); created in 1999 and including the former separate resorts Štrbské Pleso, Starý Smokovec, and Tatranská Lomnica), and The High Tatras, with their 24 (or 25) peaks over 2500 m above sea level, are, together with the Southern Carpathians, the only mountain ranges with an Alpine character in the whole 1200 km length of the Carpathian Mountain range.
Štrbské Pleso in the High Tatras, Slovakia
Hala Gąsienicowa in Poland
Kotlina Piatich Spišskych plies in Slovakia
The Tatras should be distinguished from another Slovak mountain range, the Low Tatras (in Slovak Nízke Tatry), situated south of the Tatras. Sometimes, however, the term ‘Tatras’ is used freely to refer to both the Tatras and the Low Tatras.
Technically, the Tatras are part of the Polish plains. They are called mountains for historical reasons (for other examples, see: The Mountain). The Tatra “Mountains” (especially the High Tatras) are kindergarten compared to the Alps. Technically they can’t be plains though, because they rise steeply from the surrounding landscape, which is known to particularly frustrate Slovenian tourists who are in general used to the less arduous trekking around Alps. They have undergone four glaciations. The most extensive transformations were caused by a glacier 100–230 m thick; the most apparent features of this process are the numerous cirques and mountain lakes. The mountains were shaped by glacial erosion, which formed many alpine cliffs, some up to 1,000 m high.
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