Surface: 7,930 hectares Provinces: Bolzano Main peaks: Sas Rigais (3,025 m) Sas de Putia (2,875 m) Col de Puez (2,725 m) Sassongher (2,665 m) Col de la Soné (2,634 m) Nature reserves: Parco Naturale Puez Odle
The principal morphological components of the landscape structure are well represented: extensive bases, imposing mantles of detritus, horizontal structural elements interrupting the rock faces, perfectly vertical rock masses. The rocky structures can be classified into recognizable geometric shapes, like prisms and parallelepipeds.
well-preserved stratigraphic succession. Significant intrinsic and extrinsic geodiversity. Typical Dolomite Landscape, with ample evidence of the geomorphological effects of climatic and morphodynamic phenomena.
The Puez Odle are the sixth system of the Dolomites serial property, included by UNESCO on the World Heritage List. This area is situated entirely in South Tyrol and displays a wealth of unique features in terms of geology and, in turn, landscape.
The Puez Odle, Site of the UNESCO World Heritage, represent the northernmost system of this serial property and is relatively small as compared to the others. The entire area is protected under the nature reserve Parco Naturale Puez Odle and rises between the valleys Val di Funes and Valle Isarco to the south, Val Badia to the east and Val Gardena to the south. It can be divided into two main sections: to the north, the imposing monoliths of Main Dolomite and dazzling white jagged peaks of the Odle di Eores, with the outstanding Sass de Putia , and of the Odle di Funes, with the Sas Rigais; to the south, the lunar landscape of Col de Puez, a vast karst plateau, and the Gardenaccia with its tarns, meadows and pyramids of dark rocks such as Col de la Soné.
From a geomorphological point of view, with their vast karst plateau, peaks and pinnacles, the Puez Odle are a perfect example of the typical Dolomite Landscape. These rocks show clearly the geomorphologic effects of climatic, glacial and landslide phenomena, still active today. Tectonic deformation is on the other hand almost absent.
From a geological point of view, the Puez Odle is one of the most interesting systems. Here in fact you can admire the complete stratigraphic sequence of the Dolomites, from the Permian to the Cretaceous: volcanic rocks, sediments, deposits, lagoons, reefs, and deep underwater basins. The system abounds in fossil deposits of ammonites, bivalves and echinoderms.
The peaks of the Odle Group are also called white mountains.