April 22, 2013
Photographer: Danilo Pivato; Danilo's Web site
Summary Author: Danilo Pivato; Jim Foster
The photo above shows a grand view of Campo Imperatore, an alpine meadow in the Apennine Mountains of central Italy. Sculpted by glaciers and filled by sediment deposition, it's known as Italy's "Little Tibet" -- ranging in altitude from about 5,000 to 6200 ft (1,500 to 1,900 m). Campo Imperatore is the centerpiece of the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park. Note the pockets of snow in the foreground at lower right. At bottom center, the bright, elongated splotches are coarse-grained debris deposited by mountain streams emptying onto the plateau. Photo taken from atop Gran Sasso (9,554 ft or 2,912 m) on September 22, 2012.