18389 - Geology of Italy

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Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

A working knowledge of regional geology represents the basis for any practical application of geology, including land planning, engineering geology, and the sustainable development of mineral, hydrocarbon, and water resources. The aim of this course is to provide the student with a modern synthesis of the geology of Italy in view of its many practical applications.

Course contents

Italy within the European and Mediterranean geological context. Main geophysical features of the Italian peninsula and the adjacent marine basins. The main Italian geological domains. The Alpine orogen. The Corsica-Sardinia block. The Calabria-Peloritani terrane. The Apulia platform. The geology of Sicily. The Italian plains.


A. Bosellini "Storia geologica d'Italia" - Zanichelli (Bologna)

Teaching methods

PowerPoint presentations, seminars.

Assessment methods

Oral final examination.

Teaching tools

Databases, geologic maps, computer software.

Office hours

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