Southern Limestone Alps

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Southern Limestone Alps
Dolomiten Fanes Blau.jpg
Fanes group of the Dolomites
Highest point
Peak Ortler
Elevation 3,905 m (12,812 ft)
Coordinates 46°30′32″N 10°32′42″E / 46.50889°N 10.54500°E / 46.50889; 10.54500Coordinates: 46°30′32″N 10°32′42″E / 46.50889°N 10.54500°E / 46.50889; 10.54500
Countries Austria, Slovenia, Italy and Switzerland
Parent range Eastern Alps
Age of rock Mesozoic and Tertiary
Type of rock Limestone and Dolomite
AVE classification of the Eastern Alps:
  Northern Limestone Alps
  Central Eastern Alps
  Southern Limestone Alps
  Western Limestone Alps

The Southern Limestone Alps (Italian: Alpi Sud-orientali) are the ranges of the Eastern Alps south of the Central Eastern Alps mainly located in northern Italy and the adjacent lands of Austria and Slovenia. The distinction from the Central Alps, where the higher peaks are located, is based on differences in geological composition. The Southern Limestone Alps extend from the Sobretta-Gavia range in Lombardy in the west to the Pohorje in Slovenia in the east.

Alpine Club classification[edit]

Ranges of the Southern Limestone Alps according to the Alpine Club classification (from east to west):
Groups of the Southern Limestone Alps
(purple lines showing international borders and the borders of Austrian states)


The Southern Alps are a distinct physiographic section of the larger Alps province, which in turn is part of the larger Alpine System physiographic division.

See also[edit]


  • Franz Graßler (1984), DAV; OeAV; AVS, eds., "Alpenvereinseinteilung der Ostalpen (AVE) : Alpenvereins-Jahrbuch" (in German), Berg '84 Band 108: pp. 215–224 
  • Dr. Josef Moriggl (1928), Hauptausschuß des D. u. Ö. Alpenvereins, ed. (in German), Ratgeber für Alpenwanderer in den Ostalpen : Mit Schutzhüttenverzeichnis (2. ed.), Munich 

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