The course aims to offer to the Students the knowledge of the main geological features and geological evolution of the Italian peninsula framed within the geology of Europe and Mediterranean area. The Northern Apennines, the Southern Alps and the Po Plain will be particularly addressed. At the end of the course, the Student will have to:
1) acquire the knowledge and understanding of the main steps of the geological evolution of the italian peninsula in the frame of the Mediterannean region;
2) make judgements of the geological framework in which a specific area is inserted and the relationships of this specific area with the surrounding area by integrating a personal or guided research of geological bibliography;
3) be able to communicate the acquired knowledge by realizing a oral presentation.
Basic Stratigraphy, structural geology, tectonics
Course contents summary
Classification of sedimentary basins related to lithospheric dynamics and plate tectonics.
Geology of Italy.
The Northern Apennines.
The Po Plain.
The Alps and the Southern Alps.
Fieldwork in selected area where the geological features will be observed,analyzed and discussed in order to reconstruct the geological evolution; literature on the geological evolution of the visited area will be also analyzed.
ALLEN P.A., ALLEN J.R. (2013) – Basin analysis. Blackwell Publishing,Oxford, 3rd edition.
BOSELLINI A. (2005) – Storia geologica d’Italia. Zanichelli Ed., Bologna.
DOGLIONI C., FLORES G. (1997) - An introduction to the italian geology.
FRISCH W., MESCHEDE M., BLAKEY R.C. (2011) - Plate tectonics.
Continental drift and mountain building. Springer 1st Ed.
GASPERI G. (1995) - Geologia Regionale. Pitagora Ed., Bologna.
GELATI R. (2013) - Storia geologica del paese Italia. Diabasis Editore,Parma.
PFIFFNER O.A. (2014) - Geology of the Alps. Wiley-Blackwell, 368 pp.
GUIDE GEOLOGICHE REGIONALI - Guide 1-4-6-7. BEMA Ed., Milano.
Excursions in the field to analyze the geology of a specific area and the geological framework in which the area is inserted.
Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam (presentation of the geology of a specific area of Italy framed into the regional geology of Italy)