Monti Ausoni

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Ausoni Mountains
Monti Ausoni
Monti Ausoni is located in Italy
Monti Ausoni
Naming
Etymology Ancient tribal name
Geography
Country Italy
Region Lazio
Province Latina
Range coordinates 41°25′N 13°20′E / 41.42°N 13.33°E / 41.42; 13.33Coordinates: 41°25′N 13°20′E / 41.42°N 13.33°E / 41.42; 13.33
Parent range Apennine Mountains, Volsci Chain
Geology
Orogeny Southern Apenninic Orogeny
Age of rock Messinian of Miocene, Pliocene-Pleistocene
Type of rock limestone karst

The Monti Ausoni or Ausoni Mountains is a mountain range in southern Lazio, in central Italy. It is part of the Antiappennini, a group running from the Apennines chain to the Tyrrhenian Sea. They are bounded to the north by the Monti Lepini and to the south by the Monti Aurunci. They take the name from the ancient tribe of the Ausoni. The Monti Ausoni consist mainly of friable limestone. Altitudes vary from hills to the 1,152 m of Cima del Nibbio and the 1141 m of Monte Calvo. Near Pastena are the eponymous Grotte (caves).

Part of the Mountains is protected by Wilderness Area, which was established in 1999. It covers 4,230 hectares. Most of the valleys are covered in forests (of oak, cork oak and maple). There are also species of Quercus virginiana, Carpinella, the Aspen and the Laurel. Beneath the trees are numerous rare and endemic flora, such as Crocus imperati subsp imperati, Narcissus Poeticus, Asphodeline lutea (Asfodelina), Daphne oleoides (spatula Daphne) and Iris relicta.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WILDERNESS AREA MONTI AUSONI" (in Italian). wilderness.it. Retrieved 25 November 2015.