Field Trip 2

Late Palaeozoic and Mesozoic non-marine (terrestrial?) environments in the Dolomites

Evelyn Kustatscher, Massimo Bernardi, Riccardo Tomasoni, Fabio Massimo Petti

Field trip guide (pdf)



The Dolomites have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009. Most famous for its Triassic reef structures and marine successions, the area also preserves some exceptional insights into the composition of late Palaeozoic to Mesozoic terrestrial environments. Exceptionally well preserved associations of plant remains, diversified footprints, and insect traces are preserved in both continental and marine sediments. This excursions brings us to some of the most interesting outcrops that have been intensively studied in the last years in the Dolomites and nearby regions, such as the late Permian Val Gardena Sandstone of the Bletterbach, the Middle Triassic successions of Val di Non (Gampenpass /Monte Roen), and the Early Jurassic Calcari Grigi successions of the famous Lavini di Marco dinosaur site. On the way back we will stop at the new MUSE museum in Trento for a guided tour of the geological and palaeontological exhibitions.

Physical requirements:
Several hours walk each day on trails with up to 250m altitude displacement; most of the stops are above 1000 m asl, and in September it can be cold and rainy. 

Hiking boots, rain protection, mountain clothes (it can be cold during this time of the year).

By Mini bus, from and to Innsbruck.

Organised by the fieldtrip leaders, double rooms.

Number of participants:
minimum 10, maximum 20

23.09.2016  8:00 . Innsbruck, Bus parking area behind SOWI building

25.09.2016 evening.  Innsbruck, Bus parking area behind SOWI building

300 € (including bus transfer from/to Innsbruck and accommodation in double room)

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