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Lake Garda at Foot of the Alps, Italy

45.5N 10.6E

November 29th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Italy - November 22nd, 2011

The Alps is one of the great mountain range systems of Europe, stretching from Austria and Slovenia in the east through Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany to France in the west.

Visible at the foot of the Alps at the lower left is Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy. It is located in Northern Italy, about half-way between Brescia and Verona, and between Venice and Milan. The northern part of the lake is narrower, surrounded by mountains, the majority of which belong to the Gruppo del Baldo.

The shape is typical of a moraine valley, probably having been formed under the action of a Paleolithic glacier. Although traces of the glacier’s actions are evident today, in more recent years it has been hypothesized that the glacier occupied a previously existing depression, created by stream erosion 5 to 6 million years ago.

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