If you remember my previous post, you will remember that I have left you with one question: what are the ‘dark balls’ in the granite?… Read More »What are the ‘dark balls’ in the granite of Sant’Andrea (Elba)?
I was a student the first time I visited the outcrops of Sant’Andrea in the far 2011. We must have looked really weird: a class… Read More »What are the white ‘stones’ nestled in the rocks of Sant’Andrea (Elba)?
Elba is a paradise for beach lovers and summer sports, with its delicate coastal sceneries and scented footpaths hidden by the Mediterranean scrub. Certainly, except… Read More »The ancient desert of the island of Elba
When I was teaching with the course of Geology I in Pisa, I used to tell students: “the best way to learn how to recognize… Read More »Walking on a carpet of HUGE calcite crystals (Moriglion di Penna, Lucca, Italy)
In Tuscany, south of the city of Livorno, the panorama changes from boring (well, for us geologists for sure) plains with houses and towns to… Read More »The deep sea sandstones of Cala del Leone (Quercianella, Italy)
The small town of Castiglioncello is one of many seaside localities in Tuscany that are popular for bathers in the summertime. The prominent cliffs, battered… Read More »The ancient ocean hidden on the shores of Castiglioncello, Italy