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8th Workshop of Italian Geoparks
"Protection, promotion and management of the geodiversity"


Pollino (Italy), 3rd-6th July 2016

 

     

 

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Monday 04.06.2016

First day of the Italian Geoparks Workshop in Mormanno (province of Cosenza). honourable Domenico Pappaterra, President of the Pollino National Park, welcomes and greets the guests in the municipal theatre.

 


 

Monday 04.06.2016

Dr. Aniello Aloia
(Coordinator of the National Committee of the Unesco Global Geoparks) during his welcome address.

 


 

Monday 04.06.2016

Prof. Nickolas Zouros
(President of the Global Geoparks Network) informs the audience on the new Unesco programme concerning the Global Geoparks and Geodiversity, aimed at the effective management of the geological heritage in the planet.
Pasquale Li Puma is by his side, as precautionary support for the Italian vocabulary, even because Zouros knows our language very well.

 


 

Monday 04.06.2016

The programme continues with a roundtable on "Geoparks: innovative tools for the protection and promotion of the lands".
In the picture, honourable Dorina Bianchi (Undersecretary for Cultural Heritage) explains her ideas on the Geoparks and their cultural value.
The speakers pay attention to this note, except the last one on the right...

 


 

Monday 04.06.2016

In the afternoon, the first field trip begins with the visit to the monumental complex of S. Maria della Consolazione in Rotonda (province of Potenza). This old buildings hosts the Park headquarters and Pollino Ecomuseum.

 


 

Monday 04.06.2016

The diorama of the forest fauna dominates the scene in the central hall of this Ecomuseum.

 


 

Monday 04.06.2016

Another important museum is located in Rotonda, with a temporary preparation and seat.
It is dedicated to the middle Pleistocene fauna discovered along the Mercure river basin. The main important bone remains are of Straight-tusked Elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus italicus).

 

 

 


 

Monday 04.06.2016

Further important paleontological record is the European Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus antiquus).

 


 

Monday 04.06.2016

Second step is in Civita (Çifti), near Castrovillari (province of Cosenza).
Timpa del Demanio is a middle mountain of ceno-mesozoic carbonate rocks, above the narrow gorge of the Raganello stream.

 


 

Monday 04.06.2016

The workshop participants posing for the traditional photo.

 


 

Monday 04.06.2016

Civita (Çifti) is a linguistic island of ancient origin.
An Albanian community settled here to escape the Ottoman invasion, in the late XV century.
The chimney pots of the houses preserve a characteristic signs of material Arbëreshë culture.

 


 

Monday 04.06.2016

Internal of the Church of Santa Maria dell'Assunta in Civita (Çifti), dating back to the XVII century.
in this building, there is a mixture of elements of the Latin and Greek Orthodox religious tradition.

 


 

Monday 04.06.2016

In the Museum of the Arbëreshë culture, you can see everyday objects, working tools and traditional costumes.

 


 

Tuesday 05.06.2016

Second day of the Italian Geoparks Workshop in Senise (province of Potenza). The session "Italian Geoparks and Aspiring Geoparks" is hosted in the San Francesco monumental complex.

 


 

Tuesday 05.06.2016

The programme proposes several notes about the management and promotion of the geological heritage.
Dr. Antonio Bartelletti shows the contribution of the Apuan Alps Geoparks, written with Alessia Amorfini, Emanuele Guazzi and Giuseppe Ottria.
The title is "Rains and Ruins: the 1996 Flood between Versilia and Garfagnana. Twenty years ago in the Apuan Alps: storyboard for the educational exposition".

 


 

Tuesday 05.06.2016

Visit to the Documentation Centre in Terranova di Pollina, "town of the zampogna (italian double chantered pipe)".
The Park Guides improvise a dance at the sound of this musical instrument.

 


 

Tuesday 05.06.2016

Prof. Giovanna Rizzo (University of Basilicata) leads the geological field trip in Timpa delle Murge. This location conserves the most complete ophiolite sequence of the southern Apennines.

 


 

Tuesday 05.06.2016

The top part of this ophiolite sequence presents outcrops of effusive rocks. They are especially formed by pillow basalts.

 


 

Tuesday 05.06.2016

Prof. Rizzo shows her favourite topics on the magmatic intrusions, particularly active at tectonic plate boundaries.

 

 

 


 

Tuesday 05.06.2016

Unexpectedly, dr. Emanuele Guazzi is at the head of the pack...
Today, he is particularly in high spirits...

 


 

Tuesday 05.06.2016

The final part of this field trip sets aside the exciting vision of a monolith naked by the erosion. The peak of Timpa di Pietrasasso emerges above the flysch facies (Crete Nere) and outcroppings of serpentinite.

 


 

Wednesday 06.06.2016

The third day of the workshop is completely dedicated to a further field trip.
Prof. Francesco Muto (University of Calabria) leads the geological part during the first hours of the morning.

 


 

Wednesday 06.06.2016

The flat land of Campotenese (province of Cosenza) separates the two main mountain chains of the National Park: Pollino and Orsomarso. This big depression has a tectonic and karst origin and it shows the typical morphology of a polje.

 

 


 

Wednesday 06.06.2016

Prof. Muto continues his lesson on the geology of this area. The geological map is the educational tool used after the interpretation panel along the road.

 


 

Wednesday 06.06.2016

Piano di Ruggio (1535 m a.s.l.) is a large-sized sinkhole of dissolution, with moraine deposits of a Pleistocenic glacier.

 


 

Wednesday 06.06.2016

The workshop participants walk in a beech wood from Piano di Ruggio to Belvedere del Malvento.

 


 

Wednesday 06.06.2016

A monumental old tree rises above the wood. Its name is "beech of the seven sisters", because the popular tradition the considers it the merger of seven different trees.

 


 

Wednesday 06.06.2016

Finally, the workshop participants meet the tree-symbol of the Pollino National Park in Belvedere del Malvento (1575 m a.s.l.). The Bosnian Pine (Pinus heldreichii) lives along the steep limestone slopes of these mountains.

 


 

Wednesday 06.06.2016

This picture remembers us a little wish finally realized...

 


 

Wednesday 06.06.2016

Common Houseleek (Sempervivum tectorum) is abundant on the lithosols of the Pollino National Park. These localities represent the southernmost station for this species in Italy.

 


 

Wednesday 06.06.2016

Another elegant herbaceous plant of the Park.
Great yellow Gentian (Gentiana lutea) grows in the alpine grasslands on carbonatic soils.

 


 
Wednesday 06.06.2016

Further step of the field trip in Romito Cave, Papasidero Municipality (province of Cosenza)
Prof. Domenico Lovetro (University of Florence) explains the archaeological stratigraphy of the cave deposits in the little Museum of the Prehistory.

 


 
Wednesday 06.06.2016

The workshop participants visit this important human settlement dating back to Upper Palaeolithic.

 


 
Wednesday 06.06.2016

Romito Cave preserves rock carvings representing one of oldest examples of prehistoric art in Italy (dating back to about 12-14,000 years ago). This limestone block shows the draw of three Aurochs (Bos primigenius): one large and two little.

 


 
Wednesday 06.06.2016

The exciting field trip in the Park ends with a visit to historical center of Laino Castello (province of Cosenza), today abandoned due to the effects of several recent earthquakes.

 

   

 

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