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The table below lists the field trips running in association with Goldschmidt2013. Bookings for field trips at Goldschmidt2013 have now closed. These pages give all available information on these trips for participants. If there are urgent questions about a field trip that are not covered here, please contact the advertised leader of the trip.

NameDateOrganisersPrice
Igneous evolutions across the Ivrea crustal section: The Permian Sesia Magmatic System and the Triassic Finero intrusion and mantle metasomatism 21 Aug - 24 Aug Maurizio Mazzucchelli, Quick, Sinigoi, Zanetti 425€
Spinel- to garnet-peridotites, pyroxenites and surroundings migmatites in the Ulten-Nonsberg area, Eastern Italian Alps 21 Aug - 24 Aug Roberto Braga, Giuseppe Bargossi, Deborah Lo Pò 375€
Vesuvius and the other volcanoes of Central Italy 20 Aug - 24 Aug R. Avanzinelli, R. Cioni, S. Conticelli, G. Giordano, R. Isaia, M. Mattei, L. Melluso, R. Sulpizio 1150€
ETNA and THE AEOLIAN VOLCANOES: Volcanology and present-day activity of Etna, Vulcano, Lipari, and Stromboli volcanoes 31 Aug - 5 Sep S. Branca, Rosa Anna Corsaro, Corsaro Ferlito, Rosana De Rosa, L. Francalanci, M. Pompilio, Massimo Pompilio 940€
The Ligurian Ophiolites: A journey through the building and evolution of slow spreading oceanic lithosphere 31 Aug - 1 Sep Elisabetta Rampone, Riccardo Tribuzio, Giulio Borghini, Alessio Sanfilippo 375€
Between history, work and passion: A Medieval castle, mud volcano and Ferrari 31 Aug - 1 Sep A. Sciarra, F. Quattrocchi, B. Cantucci, M. Procesi 325€
Geothermal resources, ore deposits and carbon mineral sequestration in hydrothermal areas of southern Tuscany 31 Aug - 2 Sep M. Benvenuti, C. Boschi, A. Dini, G. Ruggieri 450€

Trip Details

Igneous evolutions across the Ivrea crustal section: The Permian Sesia Magmatic System and the Triassic Finero intrusion and mantle metasomatism

Igneous evolutions across the Ivrea crustal section: The Permian Sesia Magmatic System and the Triassic Finero intrusion and mantle metasomatism

Wednesday 21st August 09:00 - Saturday 24th August 17:00
Contacts: Maurizio Mazzucchelli, Quick, Sinigoi, Zanetti
Price: 425€

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The famous deep crustal section of the Ivrea-Verbano Zone (IVZ, western Alps) has received enormous attention over the last three decades as one of the best examples of continental magmatic underplating. Recent investigations, comprising structural, petrochemical and geochronological data, point to the occurrence of a Sesia-type IVZ (i.e. central IVZ) and a Finero-type IVZ (i.e. northern IVZ), which underwent different magmatic and tectonic evolution. The proposed excursion aims to illustrate the Sesia-type IVZ as a complete sequence of a section from the mantle to a supervolcano and show the different geochronological, petrographic and geochemical characteristics between the Sesia-type and the Finero-type IVZ in the light of the results of latest research.


Spinel- to garnet-peridotites, pyroxenites and surroundings migmatites in the Ulten-Nonsberg area, Eastern Italian Alps

Spinel- to garnet-peridotites, pyroxenites and surroundings migmatites in the Ulten-Nonsberg area, Eastern Italian Alps

Wednesday 21st August 09:00 - Saturday 24th August 17:00
Contacts: Roberto Braga, Giuseppe Bargossi, Deborah Lo Pò
Price: 375€

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Come and see unique rocks in the Alps! In the mountain range known as Le Maddalene that straddles the Non and the Ulten Valleys (NE Italy) we will visit beautiful spinel-amphibole-peridotites with coronitic garnet crosscut by garnet-amphibole websterites. The whole ultramafic package isenclosed in kyanite-bearingmigmatites locally showing extreme garnet enrichment (the so-called Ultenite). This crust-mantle association originated in a mantle wedge during the Variscan Collision involving continental crust submersion to mantle depths. The Ulten-Nonsberg area is a key locality to discuss models of mantle insertion into continental crust and mass-transfer between mantle and crustal reservoirs


Vesuvius and the other volcanoes of Central Italy

Vesuvius and the other volcanoes of Central Italy

Tuesday 20th August 09:00 - Saturday 24th August 17:00
Contacts: R. Avanzinelli, R. Cioni, S. Conticelli, G. Giordano, R. Isaia, M. Mattei, L. Melluso, R. Sulpizio
Price: 1150€

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The field trip is devoted to the observation and discussion of the volcanological, mineralogical, and geochemical characteristics of the most famous/infamous rocks generated by recycling sediments within the upper mantle. The field trip will start in Naples and end in Florence, the day prior the meeting start. A maximum of 30 participants is posed to favour discussion in the field and presentation of own examples and experience of participants. Post-dinner meetings and discussion will be welcome.


ETNA and THE AEOLIAN VOLCANOES: Volcanology and present-day activity of Etna, Vulcano, Lipari, and Stromboli volcanoes

ETNA and THE AEOLIAN VOLCANOES: Volcanology and present-day activity of Etna, Vulcano, Lipari, and Stromboli volcanoes

Saturday 31st August 09:00 - Thursday 5th September 22:00
Contacts: S. Branca, Rosa Anna Corsaro, Corsaro Ferlito, Rosana De Rosa, L. Francalanci, M. Pompilio, Massimo Pompilio
Price: 940€

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Mount Etna is a persistently active volcano looming with its 3330 m of elevation above the eastern coast of Sicily. Its frequent eruptions and the scenic volcanic landforms made Mount Etna viable to be a candidate as a UNESCO world heritage site. The field trip is focused on the main geological and volcanological features of the Etnean edifice exposed both in the summit area, where the recent volcanic products form different landforms, and along the Valle del Bove depression where the old volcanic succession crops out. The Aeolian island arc represents a unique geological area, worldwide well known since includes sites of some archetypal volcanic activities and related deposits. The first aim of the Aeolian field trip, therefore, will be to observe the ongoing activities in the active craters of Stromboli and Vulcano, where the typical “Strombolian” and “Vulcanian” eruptive styles have been described. Well known volcanic features such as the pumice cone and obsidian lava flows of M.te Pilato-Rocche Rosse, the M.te Guardia pyroclasts and domes and the famous cordierite lava flows, will be the key elements shown on the Lipari island.


The Ligurian Ophiolites: A journey through the building and evolution of slow spreading oceanic lithosphere

The Ligurian Ophiolites: A journey through the building and evolution of slow spreading oceanic lithosphere

Saturday 31st August 09:00 - Sunday 1st September 17:00
Contacts: Elisabetta Rampone, Riccardo Tribuzio, Giulio Borghini, Alessio Sanfilippo
Price: 375€

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The Jurassic ophiolites from eastern Liguria (northern Apennine) are lithospheric remnants of an embryonic slow or ultra-slow spreading ocean developed in conjunction with the opening of the Central Atlantic. The exposed ophiolitic sequences represent different palaeogeographic domains of the Jurassic basin, thus constituting an accessible and unique window to track the construction and evolution of slow spreading oceanic lithosphere, from early continental rifting to embryonic oceanic stages. The Internal Ligurian ophiolites are attributed to an oceanward sector and consist of km-scale gabbroic bodies intruded into depleted mantle peridotites. They bear striking structural and compositional similarities to the oceanic core complexes from the Mid Atlantic Ridge. The External Ligurian ophiolites are associated with continental crust material and arepredominantly constituted by mantle peridotites (with diffuse pyroxenite layers) retaining a subcontinental lithospheric origin. These ophiolitic sequences are ascribed to a fossil ocean-continent transition, similar to the modern West Iberian margin. The excursion will mainly focus on the lithological and structural characteristics of mantle and lower crust sequences. The exhumation histories recorded by the gabbroperidotite basement will be also examined


Between history, work and passion: A Medieval castle, mud volcano and Ferrari

Between history, work and passion: A Medieval castle, mud volcano and Ferrari

Saturday 31st August 09:00 - Sunday 1st September 17:00
Contacts: A. Sciarra, F. Quattrocchi, B. Cantucci, M. Procesi
Price: 325€

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Fiorano is one of the main municipalities of the Modena Province. In ancient times it was called "the beautiful place", due to its hilly landscapes forming the foothills of the Apennines. The plain, instead, is populated by more than sixteen thousand inhabitants and dotted by many productive companies. Scientists cite Fiorano for the Salse di Nirano, car fans know it for the Ferrari's circuit, archeologists are more familiar with the characteristic Neolithic ceramic culture named "Cultura di Fiorano". Not only the Salse di Nirano are worth of mention. In Fiorano, some more treasures are also worth a visit. Coming down from the Reserve towards Spezzano, partly hidden by a hill, the Castle of Spezzano appears. The Municipality has restored it and transformed to a place for plays, congresses, temporary expositions and for the interesting Museum of Ceramics and Tiles, structured as an educational resource for all ages. Maranello, the kingdom of motors, awaits visitors at the Ferrary Gallery where the birth and performance of a myth are narrated. Turning towards Maranello it is possible to reach the Fiorano Circuit, owned by Ferrari, hosting test sessions both for road and F1 Ferrari cars.


Geothermal resources, ore deposits and carbon mineral sequestration in hydrothermal areas of southern Tuscany

Geothermal resources, ore deposits and carbon mineral sequestration in hydrothermal areas of southern Tuscany

Saturday 31st August 09:00 - Monday 2nd September 17:00
Contacts: M. Benvenuti, C. Boschi, A. Dini, G. Ruggieri
Price: 450€

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Aug 31 (Saturday)
- Departure (Florence)
- Campiglia Marittima: Cu-Fe-Pb-Zn-Ag skarn deposits
- Lunch
- Populonia-Baratti: Etruscan archaeometallurgical deposits and cemeteries
- The Renaissance city of Massa Marittima: wine tasting and touristic trip
- Dinner/overnight (Massa Marittima)

Sept 1 (Sunday)
- Departure (Massa M.ma)
- Monterotondo: museum of geothermal exploitation; active fumaroles; geothermal plants
- Larderello (museum, geysers)
- Lunch (Monterotondo)
- Malentrata magnesite mine,
- Dinner/overnight (Malentrata)

Sept 2 (Monday)
- Abandoned Pavone underground mine,
- Arrival (Florence)