Central Eastern Alps


Central Eastern Alps
Central Eastern Alps
Range
Venediger group of the Hohe Tauern
Countries Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia
States Vorarlberg, Tyrol, Salzburg, Carinthia, Styria, Graubünden, South Tyrol, Lombardy
Part of Eastern Alps
Highest point Piz Bernina
 - elevation 4,049 m (13,284 ft)
 - coordinates 46°22′56.6″N 9°54′29.2″E / 46.382389°N 9.908111°E / 46.382389; 9.908111
Geology Gneiss, Slate
Orogeny Alpine
Period Mesozoic, Tertiary

The Central Eastern Alps (German: Österreichische Zentralalpen, Austrian Central Alps) comprise the main chain of the Eastern Alps with its highest peaks, located between the Northern Limestone Alps and the Southern Limestone Alps, from which they differ in geological composition.

Mainly located in Austria, they extend from the foot of the Bergamo Alps at Lake Como and the Bernina Range in the Graubünden canton of eastern Switzerland along the Liechtenstein shore of the Rhine in the west as far as to the lower promontories east of the Mur river including the Hochwechsel in Austrian Styria. The valleys of the rivers Inn, Salzach and Enns mark the northern, the Drava (roughly corresponding with the Periadriatic Seam) the southern border.

Ranges of the Central Eastern Alps according to the Alpine Club classification (from east to west):

Groups of the Central Eastern Alps (purple lines showing international borders and the borders of Austrian states)

The southwestern Albula, Plessur, Oberhalbstein, Livigno, Bernina and Bergamo ranges (17-22) are also subsumed under the Western Limestone Alps division.

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