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Lech dl Dragon (Drachensee in German) is a proglacial lake in the Dolomites of South Tyrol, Italy. The lake is located on a ledge on the north side of the Sella Group. It is created periodically from the melting of a glacier that is hidden beneath the scree from the rock towers, above.

Lech dl Dragon
Lech Dragon quater.jpg
Lake in 2005
LocationBolzano, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Coordinates46°32′05″N 11°48′18″E / 46.53472°N 11.80500°E / 46.53472; 11.80500Coordinates: 46°32′05″N 11°48′18″E / 46.53472°N 11.80500°E / 46.53472; 11.80500
Lake typeproglacial
Surface areavariable
Surface elevation2,680 m (8,790 ft)

The lake disappeared in the 1970s, reappeared in 2002, then disappeared in 2007. As of 2011, the lake contains water.

The lake is named from a legend of the inhabitants of Val Gardena. The legend describes the screams of a dragon living in the area.

The scree-covered glacier as of 2011

ReferencesEdit

  • Alton, John (1881). Proverbs, traditions, and anecdotes of the Ladin valleys. Innsbruck: Wagner. p. 69.
  • "I lec de Mëisules". Calënder de Gherdëina (in Ladin). Urtijei: Union of the Ladins de Gherdëina: 62. 1950.
  • Moroder, Alex (2005). "Lech dl Dragon m. 2650 Za". Calënder de Gherdëina (in Ladin). Urtijëi: Union of the Ladins de Gherdëina: 122.
  • Kostner, Elisabeth (2013). "L lech dl Dragon y latueda dl permafrost sun Mëisules". Calënder de Gherdëina (in Ladin). Urtijëi: Union of the Ladins de Gherdëina: 109.
  • Multi-disciplinary investigation of an active rock glacier in the Sella Group (Dolomites; Northern Italy)

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