(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2000)

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The consequences of pyroclastic fallout on the dynamics of mountain catchments : geomorphic events in the Rivo d'Arco bassin (Sorrento Peninsula, Italy) after the plinian eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD

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This paper deals with the results of a study carried out on the lowest alluvial terrace of the Rivo d'Arco stream (Sorrento Peninsula), which terminates with an active sea cliff in the Marina di Equa area. This cliff exposes a very interesting geo-archaeological section which allowed us to conduct important observations about the geomorphic events which occrred in the area soon after the vesuvius Plinian eruption of 79 AD and during the following couple of centuries. This study demonstrates that the strong Plinian eruptions of the Vesuvius may very well have dangerous consequences on the mountainous areas surrounding the Campana Plain, not only because of damage deriving directly from the distal fallout, but also because of subsequent events of rapid downwasting of the pyroclastic mantles. - (NF)


Article of periodic

published at : Geografia fisica e dinamica quaternaria / ISSN 0391-9838

Editor : Comitato glaciologico italiano, Torino - ITALIE (1978)

Millesime : 2000, vol. 23, no2 [pp. 117-129]

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