Justification for inscription

Criteria under which inscription is proposed (and justification for inscription under these criteria)

The nomination for the inscription of The Dolomites on the World Heritage List is based on Criterion vii -Contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance, and on Criterion viii -To be outstanding examples representing major stages of earth’s history, including the record of life, significant on-going geological processes in the development of landforms, or significant geomorphic or physiographic feature. These criteria are closely interlinked in the case of the Dolomites, both from the historic point of view as well as for their landscape features. Historically the aesthetic importance and the scientific relevance of the Dolomites have attained world-wide significance due to pictures, descriptions and studies by the most important international scientists from the XVIIIth century onwards.