Monte Arcosu

Monte Arcosu is a mountain in the Sulcis massif, in southern Sardinia, Italy. It has an elevation of 948 metres (3,110 ft).

Monte Arcosu
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Highest point
Elevation948 m (3,110 ft)
Coordinates39°11′42″N 8°51′25″E / 39.19500°N 8.85694°E / 39.19500; 8.85694
Monte Arcosu is located in Italy
Monte Arcosu
Monte Arcosu
Sardinia, Italy
Parent rangeSulcis Mountains

The mountain has a characteristically truncated cone shape, resulting from the differential erosion which followed its formation during the Variscan orogeny. The massif is formed by a granitic intrusion from the Carboniferous, lying on a Paleozoic schist basement and in turn surmounted by Paleozoic scists[check spelling]. The Variscan orogeny removed the upper schist layer from all the massif's peaks but Monte Arcosu, modelling it and showing the granite along the steep slopes.


  • Barca, Sebastiano; Di Gregorio, Felice (1993). "Geologia e paesaggio in Sulcis". I Parchi della Sardegna. Cagliari: Edisar. pp. 238–240. ISBN 88-86004-35-4.