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Dolomites - The genesis of a landscape

A time-lapse by Michael Wachtler

Tre CimeThe last 5 million years: Ice ages
The power of ice and water left its mark on the sedimentations of the previous epochs. This marked the beginning of the Ice Age. The glaciers covered the land, molding the valleys. The Dolomites sank below a blanket of ice 2 km thick. Only the tallest peaks emerged from this frozen sea. With gigantic strength the glaciers hewed the rock, leaving their traces: U-shaped valleys, moraine, smoothed surfaces.

The modern age
The mountains folded imperceptibly and the layers were deformed, moved by impetuous forces. Things developed and disappeared alternately. Today you can walk around the old coral barrier reefs with your feet dry. Fossilized volcanic stacks stand out against the sky like a snapshot. Memories of ancient seas come to light in extraordinary circumstances.

Hiking in the DolomitesThen man appeared, leaving his mark on nature as no other living creature had done before him. Colossal constructions were imposed on the natural landscape: dams, bridges, lift systems brought profound changes.

But despite this, nature, always changeable and unpredictable, rules over all and refuses to be influenced in any way.

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Foto: Michael Wachtler

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