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Bosco di Oricola (Bosco di Sèsera), Oricola, L'Aquila Province, Abruzzo, Italy

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Location is approximate, estimate based on other nearby localities.
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 42° North , 13° East (est.)
Margin of Error:~5km
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate
Name(s) in local language(s):Bosco di Oricola (Bosco di Sèsera), Oricola, Provincia dell'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italia
Other/historical region names associated with this locality:Abruzzi

At the southern margin of Bosco di Oricola (also known as Bosco di Sèsera), between Collina Rostere and the S.S. 5 Tiburtina Valeria state road, the pyroclastic flow of the Oricola Scalo grey tuffs unit crops out. The flow represents a channelised body inside a pre-existing small valley, which is cut in the lacustrine deposits. Over time, selective erosion induced "relief inversion" of the channelised pyroclastic body, which now lies along a divide, giving rise to a sub-horizontal tabular morphology. The stratigraphic sections of the various volcanic outcrops, identified in the Bosco di Oricola area and along the nearby A24 Roma-L'Aquila motorway, show a complex sequence of pyroclastic flow, surge and airfall products. The opening-vent breccias (recording the strongly explosive early stages of volcanic activity) are not exposed, but were observed in some continuous coreholes specially drilled in this zone.

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Barbieri, M., Castorina, F., D’Orefice, M., Giardini, G., Graciotti, R., Trudu, C. (1997) Le vulcaniti del Bosco di Oricola (L’Aquila): caratteristiche geolitologiche, petrostrutturali ed isotopiche. Mineralogica et Petrographica Acta, 39, 125-133.
Barberi, M., Barbieri, M., D’Orefice, M., Graciotti, R., Stoppa F. (2001) Il vulcanismo monogenico medio-pleistocenico della conca di Carsoli (L’Aquila). Geologica Romana, 36 (2000-2002), 13-31.
D'Orefice, M., Graciotti, R., Capitanio, F., Stoppa, F., Rosatelli, G., Barbieri, M. (2006) Il vulcanismo medio-pleistocenico dell’Appennino Laziale-Abruzzese: dalle peculiarità scientifiche agli aspetti applicativi. Memorie descrittive della Carta Geologica d’Italia, 72, 7-67.

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