Regional Overview

Paleolimnology of European Maar Lakes

Volume 49 of the series Lecture Notes in Earth Sciences pp 95-107


Palaeoenvironmental investigations on long sediment cores from volcanic lakes of Lazio (central Italy)—An overview

  • Maria FollieriAffiliated withDip. Biologia Vegetale, Univ. La Sapienza
  • , Donatella MagriAffiliated withDip. Biologia Vegetale, Univ. La Sapienza
  • , Biancamaria NarcisiAffiliated withENEA C.R.E. Casaccia

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Seven volcanic lakes formed during the Middle and Upper Pleistocene between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Apennines are considered. They belong to the following volcanic districts: Vulsini (Lagaccione), Vico (Lago di Vico), Sabatini (Lago di Monterosi, Lago di Martignano, Stracciacappa, Valle di Baccano) and Colli Albani (Valle di Castiglione). For each study site the main geographical and geological features are outlined. A survey of the results of lithostratigraphical and palynological studies from continuous cores is presented, together with the investigations in progress or in project. The region is very suitable for palaeoenvironmental studies, as the records were not interrupted during the glacial periods. In spite of local floristic differences, the pollen records may be correlated on the basis of the general trends of the main vegetation phases.