Places in News: Marmolada glacier


  • A serac collapsed on the mountain of Marmolada, in the Dolomites at the regional border between Trentino and Veneto, Italy.

  • The glacier collapsed on the mountain of Marmolada, the highest in the Italian Dolomites, near the hamlet of Punta Rocca, the route normally taken to reach its summit.

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About Marmolada glacier

  • The glacier is located on the mountain Marmolada in the district of Trentino, Italy.
  • One of the most serious accidents in the Alps in recent decades.
  • Only one of the Dolomites section of the Alps.
  • The glacier in the autonomous Italian province of Trento feeds the Avisio river and overlooks Lake Fedaia.

    Marmolada glacier
    Photo Credit: Pin Interest

About Alps

  • Located in completely in Europe. Highest system of Europe. Spreads across 8 Alpine countries viz., “France, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, and Slovenia” (West to East direction).

About Dolomites

  • Located in north-eastern Italy. Part of Southern Limestone Alps. Extends from Adige River in the west to Piave Valley in east.

About Italy

  • Located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, in Southern Europe.
  • Land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, as well as the enclaved microstates of Vatican City and San Marino.
  • Member state of the European Union.



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