Prutas Peak, Montenegro

April 28, 2012

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Photographer: Nikolett Dudas 
Summary Authors: Nikolett Dudas; Jim Foster 

The photo above shows the south-facing slope of Prutas Peak (7,851 ft or 2,393 m) in Montenegro, carpeted here with emerald green alpine grasses and plants. Prutas overlooks the Todorov Do Valley and is one of the prominent pinnacles of the Durmitor Massif of southeastern Europe. The vertical markings are layers of sedimentary material. The original horizontal strata, laid down over the eons, were folded into a nearly vertical position. More recently (about 20,000 - 12,000 years ago), the Durmitor Mountains were shaped by glaciers. At the base of the summit, runoff over the surface rock has formed alluvial fans. Note the remnant patches of winter snow clinging to the more sheltered creases of the rock face. Durmitor National Park was established in 1952 and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1980. Photo taken on May 7, 2008.

Photo Details: Camera: NIKON COOLPIX S6; Focal Length: 5.80mm; F Number: f/8.5; Exposure Time: 1/116; ISO Speed Ratings: 50; Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows.