Italian Journal of Geosciences - Vol. 139 (2020) f.2

An outline of the geology of the Northern Apennines (Italy), with geological map at 1:250,000 scale

Paolo Conti (1), Gianluca Cornamusini (1) & Luigi Carmignani (1)
(1) Centro di GeoTecnologie and Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche, della Terra e dell'Ambiente, Università di Siena, Italy. Corresponding authors e-mail:

Volume: 139 (2020) f.2
Pages: 149-194


An outline of the geology of the Italian Northern Apennines, to accompany a geological map at 1:250,000 scale covering the Emilia- Romagna, Marche, Tuscany and Umbria regions, is presented herein. The map is intended as a first result of a longer term project carried out by the Geological Surveys of the above regions, aimed to create a common geological map at 1:10,000 scale, useful for environmental planning and management. The lithostratigraphic units are grouped in domains and successions (with references to main tectonic units), and a special effort was made to correlate similar lithostratigraphic units across the area. The enclosed geological map distinguishes stratigraphic successions deposited in: a) Ligurian Domain (Internal and External Ligurian domains); b) Subligurian Domain; c) Tuscan Domain (Tuscan Succession, Tuscan Metamorphic Succession, Cervarola- Falterona Succession, Modino Succession, Rentella Succession, Pseudoverrucano Succession); Umbria-Marche-Romagna Domain. Tectonic units derived from regional tectonic mélanges and shear zones (Sestola-Vidiciatico Unit), and units affected by HP metamorphism in the Tuscan Archipelago and southern Tuscany have been mapped. Distinguished younger successions are: a) Epiligurian Succession; b) Miocene-Pleistocene succession of the Tyrrhenian margin; c) Miocene- Pleistocene succession of the Po Plain and Adriatic margin. The main outcrops of magmatic rocks (Miocene-Pleistocene in age) and Quaternary alluvial, continental and coastal deposits have also been mapped. Main tectonic contacts (high-angle normal faults, main thrust and low-angle normal faults) are indicated. The 1:250,000 geological map of the Northern Apennines is freely available as PDF, raster and vector GIS data from the web site:


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