Dolomites

Mountain range in the Alps

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Dolomites
Italian: Dolomiti
German: Dolomiten
Val Gardena with Sella and Saslonch from Resciesa.JPG
The Western Dolomites in Gherdëina
Highest point
PeakMarmolada
Elevation3,343 m (10,968 ft)
Coordinates46°26′N 11°51′E / 46.433°N 11.850°E / 46.433; 11.850Coordinates: 46°26′N 11°51′E / 46.433°N 11.850°E / 46.433; 11.850
Geography
Dolomites is located in Alps
Dolomites
Dolomites
Location of the Dolomites in the Alps
CountryItaly Italy
RegionsVeneto, Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol and Friuli Venezia Giulia
Parent rangeAlps
Geology
OrogenyAlpine orogeny
Age of rockMostly Triassic
Type of rockSedimentary rocks, dolomite and volcanic rocks
The Dolomites
UNESCO World Heritage Site
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CriteriaNatural: vii, viii
Reference1237
Inscription2009 (33rd session)
Area141,902.8 ha
Buffer zone89,266.7 ha

The Dolomites (Italian: Dolomiti [doloˈmiːti]; Ladin: Dolomites; German: Dolomiten [doloˈmiːtn̩] (About this soundlisten);[1] Venetian: Dołomiti [doɰoˈmiti]: Friulian: Dolomitis) are a mountain range located in northeastern Italy. They form part of the Southern Limestone Alps and extend from the River Adige in the west to the Piave Valley (Pieve di Cadore) in the east. The northern and southern borders are defined by the Puster Valley and the Sugana Valley (Italian: Valsugana). The Dolomites are located in the regions of Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol and Friuli Venezia Giulia,[2] covering an area shared between the provinces of Belluno, Vicenza, Verona, Trentino, South Tyrol, Udine and Pordenone.

Other mountain groups of similar geological structure are spread along the River Piave to the east – Dolomiti d'Oltrepiave; and far away over the Adige River to the west – Dolomiti di Brenta (Western Dolomites). A smaller group is called Piccole Dolomiti (Little Dolomites), located between the provinces of Trentino, Verona, and Vicenza (see map).

The Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park and many other regional parks are located in the Dolomites. In August 2009, the Dolomites were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  1. ^ "Dolomiten" in Langenscheidt German-English Dictionary.
  2. ^ "Dolomiti, le montagne rosa". italia.it (in Italian).

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