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Marmolada - They call her "the Queen" and she reigns supreme in the Dolomites. The imposing, compact, smooth, grey limestone, fossil-rich Marmolada rock mass is divided in two by the Marmolada col. To the west lies the Vernel Group with Gran Vernel (3210 m) its highest summit; to the east a long ridge with very high walls that drop down to the scree below. The ridge to the west ends at Punta Penia (3343 m) representing the highest point of the Marmolada and the Dolomites. The ridge rises to the east of Punta Penia and Punta Rocca (3309 m.). A little way below at 3,250 m. lies the cable-way top station. The cable-way itself is divided in three sections, rising from Malga Ciapela (1450 m.) and passes through the Serauta col. From here the mountain ridge of the Marmolada group continues up to the Serauta mountain at 3069 m. On the northern side of the Marmolada lies the glacier occupying a wide basin between Punta Penia and Punta Serata. Its base is defined by three imposing crags: Col dei Bous (2494 m), Sasso delle Dodici (2723 m) and Sasso delle Undici. A further tongue of perennial ice, the Vernel glacier, lies between Gran Vernel and the northern ridge of Punta Penia. At the foot of the Marmolada rock mass you will find lake Fedaia: an artificial basin about 2 km long and more than 500 m wide. The name Marmolada, "Marmolda" in Ladin, comes from the Latin word 'marmor' meaning marble, a name that the ancient Ladins used to refer to not only the mountain with its shiny glaciers, but also the pale rocks that resembled marble.
The Latemar group rose out of the sea about 20 million years ago, taking the shape of an enormous natural amphitheatre, the remains of an ancient coralline atoll. As its complex structure emerged seams of volcanic rock injected into the dominant carbonate substratum together with iron-rich, reddish clay were incorporated into the prevalent limestone, dolomite mass. Its surface became the subject of a slow, intense modelling which produced the bizarre ripple marks of the highest ring that outlines the amphitheatre, or rather the beautiful group of towers overlooking lake Carezza. The Latemar group has always been of great interest to geologists, who have carried out important research work on the rocks. The variety of shapes, the fragility of its stone, the fairy-tale size of its spires, bell-towers and many other towers that resemble enormous stone sculptures are the alluring features of the Latemar group.
The Monzoni group - Range stretches from the Sella pass in the east to the Costella col in the west, lying between the Costabella crest and the Vallaccia group. The chain is arc-shaped. The Alta Via (High Path) "Federspiel" runs through the chain, always on the very edge, taking advantage of the paths and the communication trenches built during the First World War. The main intrusive rock is the monzonite (or monzogabbro). Thanks to the characteristic geological features and, most of all, to the richness of minerals and crystals, the Monzoni range has always been one of the most sought-after research sites for scientists and also rock and mineral lovers.
At Val di Fassa, there is tourist accommodation available in hotels, farm holiday, farmhouse, residence self-catering accommodation, mountain chalets, b&b, rooms for rent, holiday homes, camp sites and tourist villages.
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