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Nax

Nax is a former municipality in the district of Hérens in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. On 1 January 2011, the former municipalities of Vernamiège, Nax and Mase merged in the new municipality of Mont-Noble.HistoryNax is first mentioned around 1001-1100 as Nas. Its village church collapsed in 1909 during a service, killing 31 and injuring 50.GeographyNax has an area, as of 2009, of 24.5km2. Of this area, 8.13km2 or 33.1% is used for agricultural purposes, while 7.77km2 or 31.7% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 0.78km2 or 3.2% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.11km2 or 0.4% is either rivers or lakes and 7.71km2 or 31.4% is unproductive land.Of the built up area, housing and buildings made up 1.8% and transportation infrastructure made up 0.9%. Out of the forested land, 29.2% of the total land area is heavily forested and 2.5% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 0.1% is used for growing crops and 5.4% is pastures and 27.1% is used for alpine pastures. Of the water in the village, 0.2% is in lakes and 0.2% is in rivers and streams. Of the unproductive areas, 12.4% is unproductive vegetation and 19.0% is too rocky for vegetation.Nax is situated at the entrance to the Hérens valley near a rocky promontory which may provided its name, from the, nose.Coat of armsThe blazon of the village coat of arms is Azure, issuant from Coupeaux Vert between two Bucks rampant respectant Argent a Pine Tree Vert trunked proper topped with a Bird volant Or, in chief two Mullets of Five of the last.
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