Punta La Marmora

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Punta La Marmora
The summit of Punta La Marmora seen from Bruncu Spina
Summit of Punta La Marmora seen from Bruncu Spina
Highest point
Elevation1,834 m (6,017 ft) [1]
Prominence1834 [1]
Punta La Marmora is located in Italy
Punta La Marmora
Punta La Marmora
Location in Sardinia
LocationSardinia, Italy
Parent rangeGennargentu
Easiest routeHiking from Bruncu Spina

Punta La Marmora (Sardinian: Perdas Carpìas) is a mountain in the Gennargentu range, Sardinia (Italy).

Name[change | change source]

The mountain is named after Alberto della Marmora, an Italian geographer and naturalist who described the island in two works: Voyage en Sardaigne (1826) and Itinéraire de l'île de Sardaigne (1860).[2]

The name of the mountain, in the Sardinian language, was Perdas Carpìas,[3] which means "split stones" because of its rocks of schist which tend to break into pieces.

Geography[change | change source]

The Punta La Marmorea is in the communes of Desulo and Arzana (province of Nuoro), in the Barbagia mountain area of inner Sardinia. With its summit at an elevation of 1,834 m (6,017 ft), it is the highest peak on the Sardinia island.[1]

Near Punta La Marmorea, there are other high mountains as Bruncu Spina that, with an elevation of 1,829 m (6,001 ft), is the second highest point of Sardinia. They are part of the Gennargentu National Park.

The mountain is formed by metamorphic rocks, mainly shales, from Paleozoic era.[4].

Punta La Marmora is just east of the approximate centre of Sardinia. On a clear day, it is possible to view from the top over a large part of Sardinia and the mountains of southern Corsica.[5]

Climate[change | change source]

Snowfalls are frequent in winter, usually with an average depth over 2 m (6.6 ft) of snow. Snowfalls are stronger in January and February.

The wind on the summit can reach up to 100 kilometres per hour (62 mph).

Hiking[change | change source]

The summit is reached by hiking. The easiest route is from the Bruncu Spina mountain where there are ski lifts to get to the top; from there, it is easy to get to the five highest summits of Sardinia, including Punta La Marmora.[5]

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References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Punta la Marmora, Italy". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  2. "Alberto della Marmora" (PDF) (in Italian). Sardegna Cultura. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  3. "I monti del Gennargentu" (PDF) (in Italian). Sardegna Turismo. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  4. Arrigoni, Pier Virgilio (1988). "Chapter 11: Area culminale del Gennargentu". In Camarda, Ignazio; Andrea, Cossu (eds.). Biotopi di Sardegna. Guida a dodici aree di rilevante interesse botanico (PDF). Sassari: Carlo Delfino Editore. pp. 267–286. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Punta la Marmora". Summitpost.org. Retrieved 28 October 2016.

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