Sedimentary Layering

December 11, 2004


Provided by: Domenico Licchelli, physicist
Summary authors & editors: Domenico Licchelli

The photo above showing sedimentary layering near Santa Maria di Leuca, in the south of Italy, was photographed in the warm light of sunset in early October 2004. Several cycles of transgression and regression created these beautiful multi-layer deposits. The rocks are limestone and calcareous marls, probably from the Pliocene-Pleistocene. Several thick beds of sandstone and some phosphorite deposits are also found in the vicinity of these exposed layers.

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