Apuan Alps

The Apuan Alps (Italian: Alpi Apuane) are a mountain range in northern Tuscany, Italy. They are included between the valleys of the Serchio and Magra rivers, and, to the northwest, the Garfagnana and Lunigiana, with a total length of approximately 55 kilometres (34 mi).[1]

Apuan Alps
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Apuan Alps seen from Pietrasanta.
Highest point
PeakMonte Pisanino
Elevation1,946 m (6,385 ft)
Coordinates44°08′01″N 10°12′52″E / 44.13361°N 10.21444°E / 44.13361; 10.21444Coordinates: 44°08′01″N 10°12′52″E / 44.13361°N 10.21444°E / 44.13361; 10.21444
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Location of the Apuan Alps in Italy
Parent rangeApennine Mountains
Age of rockTriassic
Northern view of the Pizzo d'Uccello.

The name derives from the Apuani Ligures tribe who lived here in ancient times.

Geology and geographyEdit

The chain formed out of sea sediments in the middle Triassic period, somewhat earlier than the rest of the Apennines, and on a rather different geological structure.[1] Over time, these sediments hardened into limestone, dolomite, sandstone, and shale.[1] Harsh pressure approximately 25 million years ago transformed the limestone in many places into the Carrara marble (named for the nearby city of Carrara) for which the range is renowned.[1] Erosion carved much of the remaining sedimentary rocks into a jagged karst topography.

The highest peak is the Monte Pisanino, at 1,946 metres (6,385 ft).[1]

Main peaksEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e Scheffel, Richard L.; Wernet, Susan J., eds. (1980). Natural Wonders of the World. United States of America: Reader's Digest Association, Inc. p. 52. ISBN 0-89577-087-3.

External linksEdit

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