Research topics (IN PROGRESS!)

Ophiolites and ophiolitic sutures: from ocean basins to mountain belts
Structural, petrological and geochemical characterization of exhumed ophiolitic complexes to unravel the geodynamic processes connected to the birth and death of the oceanic basins. Geological field mapping, structural and tectonometamorphic studies of ophiolite suture zones, and their relationships with the mountain belts to reconstruct the different processes linked to the subduction cycle, from rifting, to subduction s.s., to continental collision and exhumation. Main focus on mediterranean and Tethian ophiolites with analysis of ophiolitic sutures from Moroccan and Spanish Atlas, Italian Alps and Apennines, to the eastern sectors of the Alpine belt comprising Dinaric-Hellenic units, Pontides and Anatolian - Taurides units and of Central Iran.

Directors: Marroni Michele, Luca Pandolfi
Research group: Francesca Meneghini, Giuseppe Ottria (IGG-CNR, Pisa), Alessandro Ellero (IGG-CNR, Pisa), Chiara Frassi
Students: Maria Di Rosa, Alessandra Marchi

Funded Projects

DARIUS programme (PI: Prof. Michele Marroni)
Progetto PRIN "Nascita e morte dei bacini oceanici: processi geodinamici dal rifting alla collisione continentale negli orogenei mediterranei e circum-mediterranei" (PI: Prof. Michele Marroni )

Planetary Science
Field mapping and sampling of meteorites, micrometeorites and microtektites and their mineralogical, petrological and geochemical characteriztion to unravel the composition, origin and evolution of the solar system. Geology of impact craters to investigate the collisional history of our planet. Cosmochemical study of cosmic dusts to infer information on the nature of all the dust producing bodies including asteroids, comets, and perhaps planets and their satellites); on the dynamical evolution of the interplanetary dust in the zodiacal cloud; and on the contribution of extraterrestrial matter to the geochemical budget of our planet. Mapping and sampling extends from Antartica to warm and cold deserts

Directors: Luigi Folco, Massimo d'Orazio
Research group: Maurizio Gemelli, Tommaso Di Rocco

Funded Projects
Meteoriti Antartiche PEA2013, Programma Nazionale delle Ricerche in Antartide (PNRA), 2014 - 2015 (PI: Dr. Luigi Folco).
DUSTER - Dust in the Upper Stratosphere Tracking Experiment and Retrieval PEA2013, Italian Programma Nazionale delle Ricerche in Antartide (PNRA), 2014-2015. (PI: Dr. Luigi Folco).
Geology, geophysics and geochronology of Kamil Crater, Egypt: implications for cratering mechanism, impact hazard and the history of the Ancient Egypt, Ministero Affari Esteri Progetti di Grande Rilevanza, Italia, 2013 - 2015 (PI: Dr. Luigi Folco).

The formation and evolution of collisional belts: Himalaya, Karakorum and Tibet

Directors: Chiara Montomoli
Research Group: Salvatore Iaccarino, Rodolfo Carosi (University of Torino)

Active deformation and magmatism at spreading centres

We are a multidisciplinary team that applies geophysical and petrographic methods to understand the fundamental processes shaping the Earth at divergent plate boundaries. We focus on studying the active spreading centers in the East African Rift and Iceland, and the interplay between magma ascent and active tectonics. We use Radar Interferometry (InSAR) to measure and model the deformation of the Earth as well as petrography and geochemistry to constrain the magma plumbing at volcanoes.

Our team of staff members: Carolina Pagli, Anna Gioncada, Roberto Santacroce, Mauro Rosi

Students: Alessandro La Rosa (Phd), Miriana Pastano (grad.), Gianmaria Tortelli (grad.)

A collection of rocks and thin sections from Afar is publicly available at Afar Repository