December 28, 2015

2145, 2162 FRANCE (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) - Dent de Crolles

2145 Dent de Crolles in winter time

Posted on 24.12.205, 28.12.2015
The Dent de Crolles is a karstic mountain (2,062m) of the Chartreuse Mountains range, 17 km north east of Grenoble. It has a characteristic "tooth-like" profile and is easily recognizable in the Isère Valley. Its name is derived from the town of Crolles, located next to the mountain. It is known to include more than 58 km of labyrinthic passageways. The two major entrances are the "trou-du-Glaz" and the "Guiers-Mort" cave.

2162 Dent de Crolles in summer time

The Dent de Crolles hosts one of the most complex and vast cave systems in Europe. It is considered to be one of the birth places of modern caving. Its first detailed exploration was during WWII by a small team of French cavers. Their explorations saw it become the deepest cave in the world (-658m) at the time, and it still ranks sixth deepest in France today.

About the stamps
On the postcard 2145
The stamps are part of the series Portraits de régions No 10 (Portrait of Regions No 10), about which I wrote here.

On the postcard 2162

The stamp is part of the series Red Cross, designed by Simon Hureau, and issued on May 16, 2015.
• Reception of distressed people
• Care of distressed children - It's on the postcard 2365
• Distribution of drinking water
• Resolving of medical emergencies
• Assistance to victims of tornadoes - It's on the postcard 2162
• Assistance to victims of earthquakes
• Mounting of fields of tents
• Secured the flood victims

Dent de Crolles - Wikipedia

Sender 2145: Mickey
Sent from Saint-Hilaire du Touvet (Rhône-Alpes / France), on 16.12.2015
Sender 2162: Jean-Yves Gerlat
Sent from La Tronche (Rhône-Alpes / France), on 02.12.2015

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