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
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.
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.