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A view from the space of the Sabatini region, showing Lake Bracciano as the dark round structure. Source: Nasa Shuttle.
Lake Bracciano.

The Monti Sabatini is a geologic region in Lazio, central Italy, a remnant of intense volcanism which started ca. 600,000 years ago, mainly with pyroclastic and maar forming eruptions which continued until 100,000 years ago. The region is classified as a dormant volcanic district.[1] The mountains are part of the Lazio's Anti-Apennines. Included between the Monti Sabatini is the Lake Bracciano, which is a volcanotectonic depression formed about 3.7 Ma, and the Lake Martignano. The sedimentary base of the Sabatini complex lies buried under 200 m (660 ft) of volcanic ash and rocks.

The highest point is Monte Rocca Romana (a postcaldera stratocone), at 612 m (2,008 ft).

Other mountains in the area include Monti della Tolfa, Monte Soratte, and more southwards, by the Monti Cornicolani.

See also


  1. ^ Marra, F.; Castellano, C.; Cucci, L.; Florindo, F.; Gaeta, M.; Jicha, B. R.; Palladino, D. M.; Sottili, G.; Tertulliani, A.; Tomolei, C. (26 May 2020). "Monti Sabatini and Colli Albani: the dormant twin volcanoes at the gates of Rome". Scientific Reports. 10 (1): 8666. doi:10.1038/s41598-020-65394-2. PMC 7251092. PMID 32457380.

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