A4 – From Messinian to Pleistocene: tectonic evolution and stratigraphic architecture
of the Central Adriatic Foredeep (Abruzzo and Marche, Central Italy)


Claudio Di Celma, University of Camerino, Italy
Alan Pitts, University of Camerino, Italy
Andrea Artoni , University of Parma, Italy
Manlio Ghielmi , Eni S.p.A.
Giuseppe Serafini , Eni S.p.A.

Contact person: claudio.dicelma@unicam.it, giuseppe.serafini@eni.com

Type: Pre-Meeting
Duration: 4 days
Cost: € 500,00
Start: Rome (6th September 2019 -late morning/early afternoon)
End: Rome (9th September 2019 – late evening)
Difficulty level: Medium
Participants: min 10 max 20

 A4 - From Messinian to Pleistocene| Pre-meeting Trips | IAS 2019 Rome
Drone view of superbly exposed Pliocene shallow-water sandstones near Montefalcone

The Central portion of the Periadriatic Basin is a N-S oriented foreland basin system associated to the Central Apennine Outer Orogenic Wedge. This system stretches along the Marche and Abruzzi regions and is an excellent example of an evolving mountain chain and associated deep-marine to fluvial-alluvial foredeep and wedge-top basins system.
This 3 and a half-day trip has been designed to give an overview of the stratigraphic architecture and evolutionary steps of the basin by integrating surface and subsurface datasets.
It affords a fine west to east transect through the Messinian-Pleistocene basin fill in Abruzzo and Marche, where outcrops allow a close examination of sedimentary facies and architecture of depositional systems.
The basin fill succession includes turbidites, coarse-grained submarine canyon fills and shallow-water depositional settings.
The analysis of facies architecture and discontinuity surfaces will allow the attendees to understand the relative role of climate, sediment supply, and thrust front propagation inside the foreland basins system as several factors controlling the stratigraphic record.


Rome- Abruzzo Region -Marche Region – Rome (by minivan)
Technical Information

The attendees will be transported by van/minibus. Some of the stops will involve panoramic views, some others include a short walk along easy mountain paths and shallow stream crossings. In this area September is still warm and pleasant with average temperatures approximately between 18 to 27 degrees Celsius; however, it’s not unusual to get occasional summer rainstorms. Suitable field clothing and sturdy footwear, such as jumpers, wind-jackets, heavy socks, waterproof trekking boots, long trousers and sunhat are strongly recommended. Accommodation is planned in hotels in Teramo and the Ascoli Piceno area.
Day 1: Afternoon pick up of field trip participants in Rome and group transfer to Teramo by van/minibus. Introduction to the regional geological and stratigraphic framework from the hotel.
Day 2: Architecture and sedimentary facies of turbiditic deposits of the Messinian and Early Pliocene foredeeps in Abruzzo. Group transfer to Marche.
Day 3: Architecture and sedimentary facies of Plio-Pleistocene slope canyons at Monte Ascensione, Castignano, and Offida.
Day 4: Architecture and sedimentary facies of Pleistocene shallow-water and alluvial systems near Ripatransone and Pedaso. Group transfer to Rome.