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A combination of climatic influences
The exceptional flora of the Chaudefour valley, here partially covered with snow, results from the combination of three climatic influences: an oceanic influence, since the Sancy massif is directly exposed to the Atlantic disturbances which cross the Gulf of Biscay; a continental influence due the distance from the sea and to the altitude, leading to harsh winters; and a Mediterranean influence due to its low latitude (45°31′59″ North).
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