Southern Limestone Alps

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Southern Limestone Alps
Dolomiten Fanes Blau.jpg
Fanes group of the Dolomites
Highest point
Elevation 3,905 m (12,812 ft)
Coordinates 46°30′32″N10°32′42″E / 46.50889°N 10.54500°E / 46.50889; 10.54500 Coordinates: 46°30′32″N10°32′42″E / 46.50889°N 10.54500°E / 46.50889; 10.54500
CountriesAustria, Slovenia, Italy and Switzerland
States Carinthia, East Tyrol, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol and Lombardy
Parent range Eastern Alps
Age of rock Mesozoic and Tertiary
Type of rock Limestone and dolomite

The Southern Limestone Alps (Italian : Alpi Sud-orientali), ), also called the Southern Calcareous Alps, 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

Groups of the Southern Limestone Alps
(purple lines showing international borders and the borders of Austrian states) Southern Limestone Alps.png
Groups of the Southern Limestone Alps
(purple lines showing international borders and the borders of Austrian states)

Ranges of the Southern Limestone Alps according to the Alpine Club classification (from east to west):


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

AVE classification:
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Northern Limestone Alps
Central Eastern Alps
Southern Limestone Alps
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AVE classification:
  Northern Limestone Alps
  Central Eastern Alps
  Southern Limestone Alps
  Western Limestone Alps

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