Encore - Campo Imperatore

December 08, 2018


Today and every Saturday Earth Science Picture of the Day invites you to rediscover favorites from the past. Saturday posts feature an EPOD that was chosen by viewers like you in our monthly Viewers' Choice polls. Join us as we look back at these intriguing and captivating images.

: Danilo Pivato
Summary Author: Danilo Pivato; Jim Foster

April 2013 Viewer's Choice 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.

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