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Dolomites

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Dolomite Alps,

Alpine group, N Italy, between the Isarco and Piave rivers, named for the dolomitic limestone of which it is composed. Famous for their strikingly bold outline (a stairstep effect created by erosion of alternate layers of soft and hard rock) and for their vivid colors at sunrise and sunset, the Dolomites are ideal for mountain climbing and skiing. Hydroelectricity is produced in the Dolomites. The Marmolada (10,964 ft/3,342 m), the highest peak, has glaciers. Cortina d'Ampezzo and other resorts are among the major tourist centers of Italy.

Dolomites

 

a mountain massif in the eastern Alps, in northeastern Italy. Length, 120 km; highest point (Mount Marmolada), 3,342 m. Its axial zone is mainly composed of dolomites and limestones, which form steep cliffs and oddly shaped summits. There are neve basins and glaciers, as well as mountain meadows and, on the lower slopes, pine and deciduous forests. It is a popular place for tourists, with re-sorts at Cortina d’Ampezzo and elsewhere.