Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

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Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on NAUTICAL AND AERONAUTICAL SCIENCES
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Second semester
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Course description

Acquisition of scientific skills and basic techniques for the study of marine geophysics and relations between tectonics and sedimentation.
Knowledge and understanding: The student must demonstrate knowledge and understanding, at an intermediate level, the problems related to the main geological processes concerning marine geology, sedimentology, geodynamics of continental margins and oceanic areas and the main geophysical techniques of data acquisition.
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: The student must demonstrate the ability to use the basic concepts acquired for the definition of the different tectonic contexts and of the paleogeographic evolution of the Atlantic Ocean and of the Mediterranean Sea.
Autonomy of judgment: The student must be able to recognize autonomously the geological history of the different peri-Mediterranean basins and the geological processes contemporary to their formation.
Communication skills: The student must have the ability to recognize and describe the different themes of the course correctly using scientific language.
Learning skills: The student must be able to continuously update himself, through the consultation of texts and publications (also in English) in order to acquire the ability to deepen the topics of the Marine Geology sector.


no prerequisite.


Acquisition of geophysical data. Seismic lines and CROP lines.
Stratigraphy and seismic stratigraphy. Plate tectonics subduction margins and back- arch basins.
Volcanism and back-arch basins. Foreland – foredeep - chain system.
Thrust stacking mode.
Paleogeographic evolution of the Pangea Pantalassa system.
Opening of the Atlantic Ocean and the collision between Africa and Europe.
The rotation of the Sardinian-Corsican block and the opening of the Provençal Balearic and Algerian Basin.
The opening of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the formation of the Apennines
The Calabrian Peloritano arch.
Salinity crisis of the Messinian.
Physiography of the western Mediterranean. Structure and morphology of the Tyrrhenian Sea
Physiography of the central-eastern Mediterranean.

Paleogeographic evolution of the Pangea Pantalassa system. 16 h

Opening of the Atlantic Ocean and the collision between Africa and Europe 16h

Tectonic evolution and physiography of the main perimediterranean basins 16h

Teaching Methods

frontal teaching and classroom exercises


Alfonso Bosellini. - Geological history of Italy - The last 200 million years. Zanichelli
Eldridge M. Moores, Robert J. Twiss. Tectonics. W. H. Freeman,
Selected scientific articles, distributed by the teacher.

Learning assessment

The objective of the exam consists in verifying the level of achievement of the previously indicated training objectives.
The exam consists of an oral test in which the ability to describe link and compare different aspects treated during the course will be evaluated.

More information

voluntary participation in checking tests