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Crete's soaring mountains feature a variety of geological formations: dramatic gorges, breathtaking sinkholes, magical caves and plateaus. Three major mountain groups define the island's interior: Lefka Ori (White Mountains) or Madares in the west (highest summit 2.453m.), Psiloritis in the center, with the highest mountain peak (Timios Stavros) in an altitude of 2.456 meters, and the Lassithian Mountains in the east. The Cretan mountains provide a broad range of habitats for wildlife and for an amazing variety of plants, herbs and wild flowers.