View towards the head of the Torano valley

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View towards the head of the Torano valley

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View towards the head of the Torano valley from Pianello.

This picture well shows the manufactured landscape, originated from long-lasting quarrying activities, notched by extensive quarry faces and covered by huge quarry dump deposits, locally named "ravaneti".
In particular, we can see: 1 - Piastra-Betogli quarry road; 2 - dump ("ravaneto") of Battaglino C quarry; 3- Poggio Dovizia quarrying area; 4 - Collestretto-Buca di Ravaccione quarrying area; 5 - Amministrazione quarry; 6 - Conca quarry; 7 - Canalbianco B quarry; 8 - Rutola A quarry; 9 - Fossa Grande quarry; 10 - Ravalunga quarry; 11 - Canalchiosa quarry.

In the Torano quarrying basin, as well as in the neighbouring Miseglia-Fantiscritti and Colonnata quarrying basins, we can observe the evolution of the anthropogenic landscape. In particular, four main stratigraphic units are recognisable in the "ravaneti". The different textures and structures of these units reflect the evolution of marble quarrying techniques. The oldest and deepest debris layer dates back to pre-Roman and Roman periods and is made up of flat pebbles with an open-work structure. In several localities, this manually produced debris is associated with very distinctive excavation cutting traces (caesurae in Latin), covering paleosoils predating the Roman excavation activity. Medieval and Renaissance "ravaneti" are locally documented on top of this unit, burying post-Roman soil. Coarse multi-decimetre-sized cobbles ("head man" size cobbles) with a scarce fine matrix constitute the typical "ravaneto" of the end of 19th century. The uppermost layer, with boulders and an abundant fine matrix (ranging from sand to silt and locally named "marmettola"), is the consequence of the new diamond wire cutting methods that were introduced in the 1970s.

Photo: Paolo Bosio, August 2016.

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Date/Time of Photo:17th Aug 2016 20:15:46
Camera:CANON PowerShot A580
Software:Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0
Exposure time:1/50s
Focal Length:6mm
ISO speed:80
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