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It’s Earth Week, to get to know our planet’s past and future

In tutta Italia sette giorni dedicati alla geologia e alla scoperta dell’affascinante storia naturale del nostro pianeta.

If the planet talked, who knows how many story it would tell. Throughout its history, it saw incredible climate phenomena, geological upheavals, the appearance and disappearance of huge, terrific creatures, and small, harmful animals thriving.

 

fossile di plesiosauro
Fossil of plesiosaur

 

As wrinkles and lines can tell a man’s life, glaciers, canyons, volcanoes, and lakes tell the story of the Earth, begun some 4 billion years ago and constantly evolving. From 18 to 25 October the third edition of the Earth Week is celebrated, organised by Rodolfo Coccioni, palaeontologist at the University of Urbino, and Silvio Seno, geologist at the University of Pavia, and realised with the support of numerous research and academic institutions.

 

In occasion of the celebration, which theme is “L’Italia alla scoperta delle geoscienze – Una società più informata è una società più coinvolta” (Italy discovering geosciences – A conscious society is a more committed society), numerous events will be held all over Italy. Excursions, museums and research centres open days, guided tours, educational labs for kids, artistic activities, conferences and workshops, all dedicated to geologic culture.

 

grotte di frasassi

 

The Earth Week aims to bridge the gap between the public and research, handing down the passion for discovery and knowledge.

 

“We gave life to an innovative model of knowledge of geoscience, which could be used also abroad,” said Silvio Seno. “Italians will have the opportunity to visit archaeological sites, important geosites, museums, and geoparks”.

 

Alpi carniche
Carnic Alps

 

Getting to know the past is not a sterile academic exercise, but it has significant practical implementations. Studying the Earth can teach how to forecast and stem cataclysms, such as heartquakes and eruptions. Studying rocks allows reconstructing the Earth’s history, previous climate changes and life evolution, making us looking at the future with greater awareness.

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