Through the Dolomites and Apennines
Having spent the sweetest days of spring in a stuffy interior room with no windows teaching reluctant students about sedimentary rocks, I left on a Sunday in June to treat my numbed mind and infected sinuses to mountain air in the Italian Dolomites and Apennines. I first knew of the Abruzzi — the most mountainous part of the Apennine range — from reading Ignazio Sil-one’s Bread and Wine when I was 19. At the time I thought I would never get there, my days then being devoted to manning an officers’ mess at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station. After reading Silone a geologist wants to see “the end of the world,” a village destroyed twice by floods and once by earthquakes. Or to walk in valleys “split, cracked and bereft of vegetation.” To a geologist, Silone’s Abruzzi resembles the carbonate terrains of western Ireland, the high glaciated mountain valleys in the Big Horn Dolomite of Wyoming, and the stark, rock-striped, shattered Paleozoic ranges of eastern Nevada.
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