Astronaut on board ISS captured Maiella, Italy.

Credit: NASA

Maiella stands amidst Italy’s Central Apennine Mountains, and it is centered on the Maiella Massif, of which Monte Amaro is highest peak at 2,793m. Complicated tectonics elevated the Maiella Massif from rock layers that were originally deposited at the bottom of the sea between 23-100 million years ago. The massif is a geologic formation called an anticline, an arch-like structure of folded rock layers that can trap petroleum. Maiella was important to Italy’s oil industry in the 19th and 20th centuries. In 1991, Maiella National Park was created to preserve the area’s unique biodiversity and archaeological significance in the Apennines.

The local scenery on the ground is as follows.

Credit: Wikipedia

Reference: Maiella Massif, Italy (NASA Earth Observatory)
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