Geological and geophysical characterization of the southeastern side of the High Agri Valley (southern Apennines, Italy)

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In the frame of a national project funded by Eni S.p.A. and developed by three institutes of the National Research Council (the Institute of Methodologies for Environmental Analysis, the Institute of Research for Hydrogeological Protection and the Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment), a multidisciplinary approach based on the integration of satellite, aero-photogrammetric and in situ geophysical techniques was applied to investigate an area located in the Montemurro territory in the south-eastern sector of the High Agri Valley (Basilicata Region, southern Italy). <br><br> This paper reports the results of the in situ geophysical investigation. Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT) and Horizontal to Vertical Spectral Ratio (HVSR) by earthquakes and ambient noise measurements were carried out in the study area. The results were supported by interpretation of aerial photos, geological field surveys, morphotectonic investigation and borehole data. The joint analysis of geological, ERT and HVSR data allowed us to (1) show the shallow geological and structural setting, (2) detect the geometry of the different lithological units and their mechanical and dynamical properties, (3) image a previously unmapped fault beneath suspected scarps/warps and (4) characterize the geometry of an active landslide that caused damages to structures and infrastructures.

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Giocoli, A., Stabile, T. A., Adurno, I., Perrone, A., Gallipoli, M. R., Gueguen, E., … Piscitelli, S. (2015). Geological and geophysical characterization of the southeastern side of the High Agri Valley (southern Apennines, Italy). Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 15(2), 315–323. https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-15-315-2015

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