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Gran Paradiso National Park | Valle d'Aosta, Italy

Gran Paradiso National Park


45° 31' 47.55" N, 7° 16' 5.3148" E

Gran Paradiso Peak - Photo: GadanGuides

Gran Paradiso National Park (Italian: Parco nazionale del Gran Paradiso, French: Parc national du Grand-Paradis) is an Italian national park in the Graian Alps, between the Aosta Valley and Piedmont regions. The park is named after Gran Paradiso mountain, which is located in the park. The land the park encompasses was initially protected in order to protect the Alpine ibex, but now also protects other species.

The park is located in the Graian Alps in the regions of Piedmont and Aosta Valley in north-west Italy.  It encompasses 173,715 acres (703 sq km) of alpine terrain. 9.5% of the park's surface area is occupied by 57 glaciers. The park's mountains and valleys were sculpted by glaciers and streams. Altitudes in the park range from 2624-13323 ft (800-4061 m), with an average altitude of 6,561 ft (2000 m). Valley floors in the park are forested. There are alpine meadows at higher altitudes. There are rocks and glaciers at altitudes higher than the meadows. Gran Paradiso is the only mountain entirely within the boundaries of Italy that is over 13123 ft (4000 m) high. Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn can be seen from its summit. In 1860, John Cowell became the first person to reach the summit. To the west, the park shares a boundary with France's Vanoise National Park. Combined, the two parks form the largest protected area in Western Europe.

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SUBMITTED ON 09.28.2013.