Petrified coral reef

Dolomiti Mountains, Italian Alps, Italy


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The Pala group, in the Italian Dolomiti Mts., originated 300 million years ago, when an enormous coral reef formed in a shallow sea. After emerging and being shaped by the action of atmospheric agents, it was transformed into the splendid massifs that we can still admire today.

By Michele Menegon

Michele Menegon is a photographer, conservationist and, for most of his life, an explorer of mountain forests and their mysterious inhabitants. He has published over a hundred scientific papers, discovered and described dozens of species new to science and published his photographs in books, magazines and solo photo exhibitions.

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