The Dolomites – a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site

09 Apr 2013

In June 2009 the Dolomites were selected for inclusion in UNESCO’s World Natural Heritage list on account of their great natural beauty. More specifically, the decision was taken on the basis of their spectacular and rare topographic features, with soaring peaks, jagged pinnacles and mighty turrets alternating with deep valleys and rolling hills.

The rock of the Dolomites is made up of the remains of petrified coral reefs that built up 205 million years ago on the bed of the Tethys Sea. Nowhere else can the rock strata deriving from the various geological epochs be studied so easily, making them a key witness of the formative processes in the geology of the Earth.

The Dolomites, also known as the “Pale Mountains” because of their light colouring, were named after the French natural scientist Deodat de Dolomieu, who was the first to study this unique type of rock.



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