Rendiconti Online della Società Geologica Italiana - Vol. 29/2013

Valutazione del rischio costiero a Punta del Cane (Siracusa, Sicilia Sud-Orientale): evidenze dai boulder costieri

Antonio Francesco Mottese (a) & Rosaria Gangemi (b)
(a) Dipartimento di Scienze dell'Ambiente, Sicurezza, Territorio, Alimenti e Salute (S.A.S.T.A.S.), Università degli Studi di Messina, Viale F. Stagno D'Alcontres, 31, Sant'Agata di Messina, 98166 Messina, Italy. Telefono: 090/6765180. E-mail: (b) Via delle Rose, 81, Giarre (Catania), 95014, Italy. Telefono: 3479959298. Email:

Volume: 29/2013
Pages: 116-118


During storm or tsunami events, sea waves apply stress responsible for disarticulation of the marine platform and transport of the related boulders sea- or land-wards. The analyses of coastal boulders exposed along the Punta del Cane coast (Syracuse, SE Sicily) suggest that most of them were mobilized by storm events. However we cannot exclude that some of the Punta del Cane boulders were mobilized by possible tsunami associated with seismic activity characterizing south-eastern Sicily.


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