On June 26th 2009 the Dolomites were added to the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE LIST thanks to their infinite beauty, unique landscapes and their scientific importance at a geological and geomorphological level. The site of the Dolomites comprises a mountain range in the northern Italian Alps, numbering 18 peaks which rise to above 3,000 metres and cover 141,903 ha. It features some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes anywhere, with vertical walls, sheer cliffs and a high density of narrow, deep and long valleys. A serial property of 9 AREAS that present a diversity of spectacular landscapes of international significance for geomorphology marked by steeples, pinnacles and rock walls, the site also contains glacial landforms and karst systems. It is characterized by dynamic processes with frequent landslides, floods and avalanches. The property also features one of the best examples of the preservation of Mesozoic carbonate platform systems, with fossil records.
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UNESCO World Heritage Site
ONE OF NATURE'S WONDERS
Among the nine Dolomite mountain groups, that were officially declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization, there are of course «our» very own Brenta Dolomites. The Brenta Dolomites, located in the westernmost part of the Dolomite region, can be described as a Dolomite island. This mountain range has a 40 km north-south length and a 12 km width. Its natural boundaries include VAL DI SOLE to the north, Val di Non and Paganella to the east, Valli Giudicarie to the south and Valle Rendena to the west. The entire Brenta mountain group is located within the territory of the ADAMELLO BRENTA NATURE PARK. Unlike other Dolomite mountain groups that are characterized by their slender, fluid lines, the Brenta Dolomites are a unique blend of jagged spires and pinnacles of different shapes and sizes made of calcareous dolomite.