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FT3. Travelling around Mount Vulture: geochemical, petrographic and volcanological topics of an anomalous Volcano


Congressi SGI-SIMP

  • Michele Paternoster, Dipartimento di Scienze – Università degli Studi della Basilicata
  • Giovanna Rizzo, Dipartimento di Scienze – Università degli Studi della Basilicata
  • Antonio Caracausi, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione di Palermo
  • Marco Viccaro, Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche ed Ambientali - Università degli Studi di Catania

17 September 2023  (7 hours)

Mount Vulture is a composite volcano not currently active, which is located at the easternmost border of the Apennine Chain (Southern Italy) in a very peculiar geodynamic position. The volcanic rocks cover an area of approximately 150 km2, and are the result of the explosive and effusive activities that took place from the middle Pleistocene on. Mount Vulture hosts two lakes occupying two maar craters separated by only 200 m. These lakes are characterised by intense CO2 degassing. During the field activities, information on the origin of the magmatism, eruption styles, the mineralogical and petrographic characteristics of volcanic products and geochemical characteristics of two adjacent maar lakes waters (conductivity–temperature–depth profiles, major ions, isotopic composition and dissolved gas content) will be illustrated. The field activity is subdivided in two parts: the first one is devoted to the observation and discussion of volcanological-petrographical and mineralogical features of volcanic rocks. The second relates to the water geochemistry and the knowledge of the water-rock interaction process, gases origin and limnological and geochemical aspects of the Monticchio Lakes waters. In addition to the scientific activities, it will be possible to visit the Museum of Natural History of Vulture, housed in St. Michael's Abbey and taste excellent wine

Departure from Potenza at 8:30 AM.
Stop 1 - Rionero in Vulture: first panoramic and introductive stop;
Stop 2 – Monticchio Lakes: description of the geochemical characteristics of the maar lakes waters;
Stop 3 - Panoramic view of the Monticchio Lakes and Visit to the Museum of Natural History of Vulture, housed in St. Michael's Abbey;
Stop 4 - Gaudianello outcrop;
Stop 5 - Eruptive centre of the Melfi Subsynthem where haüyne crystals occur in the lava flow with columnar structures.
Stop 6: Visit to a Vulture winery for Aglianico wine tasting
Return to Potenza around 8:30 PM
50 € (including transfers and lunch packs: Costs for any wine tasting are excluded)
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