Speleological and Speleogenetic Aspects of the Monti di Capo San Vito (Sicily)

Influence of Morphotectonic Evolution

  • Rosario Ruggieri

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 251-267

About this book


This thesis includes a wealth of cave maps, as well as photos of the caves and karst morphologies. At the heart of the thesis is the important discovery of a flank margin cave with speleothem hiatuses and fossil invertebrate associations. The analysis of the structural and karst morphological elements surveyed in the main explored caves in Monti di Capo San Vito has made it possible to identify both the state of control of the processes of karstification in tectonic phases during the Plio-Pleistocene upliftings and the kinematic character of some karstified structures, linked at two speleogenetic phases. Furthermore, the surveying of karst forms on the relict sea-cliffs, and particularly the exceptional discovery and dating of marine and continental incrustations in the Rumena cave, has yielded essential advances in our knowledge of past climatic events and eustatic level changes in the Mediterranean, as well as their influence on the evolution of the coastal belt.


Flank Margin caves Influence of morpho-tectonic Invertebrate sea-cave association Karst morphologies Relict sea-cliff Sicily karst caves Speleothem hiatuses dating

Authors and affiliations

  • Rosario Ruggieri
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  1. 1.Alumni ClubUniversity of Nova GoricaNova GoricaSlovenia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-21719-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-21720-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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