GEOPARC Bletterbach - Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage - english version
In the south of South Tyrol, between the villages Aldein / Aldino and Radein / Redagno, the Bletterbach represents a unique Natural monument. The gorge is the result of weathering and erosion. Over a section of about 8 kilometres the Bletterbach has been carving its way since the Ice Age, about 15,000 years ago, up to 400 m. deep, into the different eras in the history of the earth. Layer upon layer has bee exposed. Ten billion tonnes of rock were removed and carried down into the Etsch / Adige Valley. Now we can leaf through it as if it were a book. In contrast to the complicated and confusing situation in other parts of the Alps, the strata here are intact, and the structure of the rocks gives an insight into their creation, the climate, and the environment 250 million years ago. As part of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage site South Tyrol's canyon, the Bletterbach gorge, offers a breathtaking view of how the Dolomites came into being.