Gennargentu

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Gennargentu
Ghennarghentu
Gusana.jpg
View of Gennargentu and Gusana Lake in spring
Highest point
PeakPunta La Marmora
Elevation1,834 m (6,017 ft)
Geography
Gennargentu is located in Italy
Gennargentu
CountryItaly
State/ProvinceSardinia
Range coordinates40°01′N 9°19′E / 40.017°N 9.317°E / 40.017; 9.317Coordinates: 40°01′N 9°19′E / 40.017°N 9.317°E / 40.017; 9.317

Gennargentu (Italian: [dʒennarˈdʒɛntu]; Sardinian: Ghennarghentu [ɡennaɾˈɡentu]) is a large massif in central-southern Sardinia, Italy, encompassing the provinces of Nuoro and Ogliastra. It includes the highest peaks on the island, such as Punta La Marmora (1,834 m or 6,017 ft), Monte Spada (1,595 m or 5,233 ft), Punta Erba Irdes (1,676 m or 5,499 ft), Bruncu Spina (1,829 m or 6,001 ft) and Punta Paulinu (1,792 m or 5,879 ft).

The range forms part of the Gennargentu National Park. Geologically, its rocks are amongst the oldest in Europe, and are therefore smooth shaped: rock types include schist, limestone and granite.

Toponymy[edit]

The etymology of the name Gennargentu is not attested: it could mean "Silver Door" (Sardinian: jenna (d)e arghentu), "Door of the Winds" (jenna de bentu) or "Door of Absinthium" (jenna de assentu).

Ski resorts[edit]

The mountains are home to the only ski resorts on the island: on Monte Spada, Bruncu Spina, Separadorgiu and S'Arena.[1][2]

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