Apuan Alps

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Apuan Alps
Alpi Apuane.JPG
Apuan Alps seen from Pietrasanta.
Highest point
PeakMonte Pisanino
Elevation1,946 m (6,385 ft)
Coordinates44°08′01″N 10°12′52″E / 44.13361°N 10.21444°E / 44.13361; 10.21444Coordinates: 44°08′01″N 10°12′52″E / 44.13361°N 10.21444°E / 44.13361; 10.21444
Alpi Apuane Posizione.png
Location of the Apuan Alps in Italy
Parent rangeApennine Mountains
Age of rockTriassic
Northern view of the Pizzo d'Uccello.

The Apuan Alps (Italian: Alpi Apuane) are a mountain range in northern Tuscany, Italy. They are included between the valleys of the Serchio and Magra rivers, and, to the northwest, the Garfagnana and Lunigiana, with a total length of approximately 55 kilometres (34 mi).[1]

The name derives from the Apuani Ligures tribe that lived there in ancient times.

The mountain range is known for its Carrara marble.

Geology and geography[edit]

Carrara marble being mined in the Apuan Alps

The chain formed out of sea sediments in the middle Triassic period, somewhat earlier than the rest of the Apennines, and on a rather different geological structure.[1] Over time, these sediments hardened into limestone, dolomite, sandstone, and shale.[1] Harsh pressure approximately 25 million years ago transformed the limestone in many places into the Carrara marble (named for the nearby city of Carrara) for which the range is renowned.[1] Erosion carved much of the remaining sedimentary rocks into a jagged karst topography.

The No Cav [it] environmental movement is fighting for the closure of the marble quarries in the Apuan Alps due to their environmental impact.

Main peaks[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Scheffel, Richard L.; Wernet, Susan J., eds. (1980). Natural Wonders of the World. United States of America: Reader's Digest Association, Inc. p. 52. ISBN 0-89577-087-3.

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