A8 – Between Scylla and Charybdis: Tidal sedimentary dynamics of the Early Pleistocene
Messina Strait (Calabria, southern Italy) based on its modern analogue


Sergio G. Longhitano, University of Basilicata, Italy
Domenico Chiarella, Royal Holloway University, London
Marcello Gugliotta, Chiba University, Japan

Contact person: sergio.longhitano@unibas.it

Type: Pre-Meeting
Duration: 3 days
Cost (allincluded): € 520,00
Start: Lamezia Terme Airport/ Railway Station
(7th September 2019 – early morning)

End: Rome (9th September 2019 – late evening)
Difficulty level: Medium
Participants: min 15 max 24

 A8 - Between Scylla and Charybdis | Pre-meeting Trips | IAS 2019 Rome
Lower Pleistocene strait-fill deposits facing the modern Messina Strait (background)

During the Early Pleistocene, the Messina Strait between Sicily and Calabria was a ca. 10-15-km-wide and 40-km-long, tide-dominated marine passageway, with a sedimentary dynamics analogous to its modern and narrower counterpart. Today, 250-m-thick strait-fill strata crop out on the two opposite margins (Scylla and Charybdis) of the modern strait, preserving the sedimentary record of a variety of processes and environments and their feedback with a dominant tidal dynamics.
During this 3-days-long field trip, attendances will be introduced to the complex tidal dynamics of tidal straits and the erosional/depositional phenomena resulting from tidal flow convergence/divergence and consequent tidal amplification. Participants will be familiarized with typical strait-center, strait-end and strait-margin facies and on the architectures of strait-axis tidal cross-strata complexes, well exposed in a number of easily-accessible sections.
During the visit at the various stops, direct linkages between the observed sedimentary facies and the modern tidal dynamics of the present-day Messina Strait will be constantly considered, aiming at promoting open-minded, critical discussions on the sedimentary dynamics of the ancient Messina passage.


Arrival at the Lamezia Terme Airport/Railway Station; transfer from Scilla to Rome (mini-VAN, ca. 7 h) at the end of the trip included in the total price.

Technical Information

The Lamezia Terme Airport (1 h from Scilla) offers advantageous domestic and international flights with some of the major Italian and European cities;
All the outcrops are located around Villa S. Giovanni and Reggio Calabria, in interland areas linked by roads and connected with the A1 highway; the stops are easily accessible in 5 minutes (walking), constantly close to populated zones and under constant phone coverage.