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Pollino Massif Near Gulf of Taranto, Italy

39.8N 16.2E

December 16th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Italy - November 24th, 2009

Italy - November 24th, 2009

The mountains of the Pollino Massif, in southern Italy, can be seen on the left side of this orthorectified image, near the Gulf of Taranto.  The massif is part of the southern Apennines, on the border between the regions of Calabria and Basilicata.

The Pollino Massif is made of limestone, and therefore subject to erosion phenomena which have created, especially on the Calabrian side, numerous grottoes and canyons.

The main peaks are that of the Pollino (2,248 m) and the Serra Dolcedorme (2,267 m), which overlooks the plain of Sibari. Since 1992 the massif is part of the Pollino National Park.