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Geological, seismic and soil survey

Geology in history

The latest EuroGeoSurveys publication “Geology in History” has been launched on 28th March 2017 during the EuroGeoSurveys 42nd General Meeting

The book describes a surprising and unusual combination that brings you to understand how the geological discoveries have marked history and determined the shape of our society, of our culture and of our habits.

The European Geological Surveys are pleased to present some examples highlighting the links between History and geology. Most of them are related to mineral resources which constitute the basement of the development of mankind.

Italy is a country with a great abundance of works of art: many cities boast an ancient history characterised by traces of former civilizations such as the Greeks, Etruscans, Phoenicians and Romans, who left a legacy that lives on today in local culture and folklore. Over the centuries, this history built up layer upon layer under every urban centre and nowadays it is frequently unearthed thanks to an excavation, the laying of building foundations or a structural collapse. The urban subsoil thus offers glimpses of the remains of a past which we can read and interpret with the help of geology: stone materials, fragments of buildings and roads, artifacts and everyday objects but also sediments, paleosoils, traces of ancient rivers.

The picture that emerges is that of a context of intense interaction between the natural components of the territory and anthropic action.

Through “Geology in History” EuroGeoSurveys renewed its commitments in engaging with the wider public to communicate geology by showing how human beings would not have evolved without geologists and geology.


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Published Mar 31, 2017 — last modified Mar 31, 2017
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