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Over the years, geologists from the world over have swarmed over the Dolomites making some sensational discoveries on the way. These mountains are unique because the environments of the Earth’s remote past have been fossilised within their rocks. Moreover, exceptional traces of life and its evolution over the last 280 million years can be found.

There are still many unexplored nooks and crannies of the Dolomites, opening the way to yet more discoveries. Geology has left an incredible legacy to this land and geology is the starting point for the dolomitic landscape we can see today. The geology of the Dolomites is a treasure trove whose value should be communicated and made known at all levels, but it must also be preserved, hence the need to focus on geo-conservation and geo-tourism.

Text by Dolomiti Project

The Geological Heritage Network is coordinated by the Autonomous Province of Trento through the Geological Department.

The group holds regular meetings to develop, in a coordinated fashion, the tools needed to manage the World Heritage Site, to prepare the material essential for an understanding of the Site, to express opinions, assess ideas for projects and come up with new initiatives, following the instructions issued by the Foundation.

The Geological Heritage Network has set out a structured working method and has made an immediate start on some practical projects such as setting up exhibitions, standardising the cartography of the Dolomites and providing grants and educational courses on the geological heritage of the Pale Mountains.

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