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Ritten Earth Pillars | Trentino-South Tyrol, Italy

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46° 33' 14.7528" N, 11° 28' 12.7164" E
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Ritten Earth Pillars

Ritten Earth Pillars - Photo: Eric Chumachenco

The earth pyramids of Ritten (German: Erdpyramiden am Ritten; Italian: piramidi di terra di Renon) are a natural monument that is located on the Ritten, a plateau not far from Bozen. The earth pyramids of South Tyrol are a fairly widespread phenomenon which are existing in various locations.

The original name in this area for these earth pyramids is Lahntürme, i.e. landslide towers. They are rather unique formations of their kind which originate from morainic rocks of glacial origin. The columns of the pyramids may be more or less elongated, and the higher they are the thinner they get, ending usually with a stone cover. These earth pyramids are not static, they are constantly evolving, because their life cycle foresees a continuous erosion, or even a final collapse leaving room for new formations.

In South Tyrol there are other natural monuments like this such as the earth pyramids of Platten, but the ones of Ritten are considered the parents of them all.

More infos: Wikipedia

Ritten Earth Pillars

Ritten Earth Pillars - Photo: Sara Wallen

Ritten Earth Pillars

Ritten Earth Pillars - Photo: CRISTINA

Ritten Earth Pillars

Ritten Earth Pillars - Photo: CRISTINA

Ritten Earth Pillars

Ritten Earth Pillars - Photo: CRISTINA

SUBMITTED ON 12.24.2014.