Salzkammergut and Upper Austria Alps

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Salzkammergut and Upper Austria Alps
Oberösterreichisch-Salzkammerguter Alpen
Hoher Sarstein.jpg
Hoher Sarstein as seen from Bad Goisern
Highest point
Peak Hoher Dachstein
Elevation 2,995 m (9,826 ft)
Coordinates 47°28′32″N 13°36′23″E / 47.47556°N 13.60639°E / 47.47556; 13.60639Coordinates: 47°28′32″N 13°36′23″E / 47.47556°N 13.60639°E / 47.47556; 13.60639
Geography
SOIUSA-Alpi Orientali-sezione25.png
Salzkammergut and Upper Austria Alps (section nr.25) within Eaestern Alps
Country Austria
States of Austria Upper Austria, Salzburg and Styria
Parent range Alps
Borders on Northern Salzburg Alps, Northern Styrian Alps, Northern Lower Austria Alps and Eastern Tauern Alps
Geology
Orogeny Alpine orogeny
Type of rock Sedimentary rocks[1]

The Salzkammergut and Upper Austria Alps (Oberösterreichisch-Salzkammerguter Alpen in German) is the proposed name for a subdivision of mountains in a new classification of the Alps, which are located in Austria.

Etymology[edit]

Salzkammergut is the name of a historical territory and literally means Estate of the Salt Chamber; it derives from the Imperial Salt Chamber, the authority charged with running the precious salt mines in the Habsburg empire. [2]

Geography[edit]

Administratively the range belongs to the Austrian state of Upper Austria, Salzburg and, marginally, to Styria. The whole range is drained by the Danube river.

SOIUSA classification[edit]

According to SOIUSA (International Standardized Mountain Subdivision of the Alps) the mountain range is an Alpine section, classified in the following way:[3]

Subdivision[edit]

The range is divided into four Alpine subsections:[3]

Notable summits[edit]

The Grimming in winter
Gennerhorn, Gruberhorn and Regenspitz, in the Salzkammergut Mountains

Some notable summits of the range are:

Name metres feet
Hoher Dachstein 2,995 8,924
Großer Priel 2,515 8,251
Grimming 2,351 7,711
Gamsfeld 2,027 6,649
Hoher Sarstein 1,975 6,440
Hoher Nock 1,963 6,438

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Northern Limestone Alps, Gesaeuse National Park; article on www.nationalpark.co.at, accessed on April 2012
  2. ^ Speakman, Fleur; Colin Speakman (1989). Walking in the Salzkammergut: Holiday Rambles in Austria's Lake District. Cicerone Press Limited. p. 11. 
  3. ^ a b Marazzi, Sergio (2005). Atlante Orografico delle Alpi. SOIUSA (in Italian). Priuli & Verlucca. ISBN 978-88-8068-273-8.