Natural landscape are the fruit of a delicate balance, created in geological times, between the various natural agents, the different forces, the different processes acting on the surface of and underneath the Earth’s crust. It is not a static and immutable balance, but a “dynamic” one, where the processes interact with each other continuously, limiting or magnifying each other in turn. Each one of man’s interventions affects this delicate balance, interfering with the natural processes, till when they are modified, at times in an irreversible manner. These forms of interference can be negative; and man, more or less knowingly, tends to trigger or amplify the geological processes that may turn out to be harmful. Through the analysis of the territory, in most of the cases it is possible to foresee the possible effects of man’s interventions: landscape analysis is a very important instrument, in the defence of the territory and its rational and respectful exploitation of the natural processes.

subjects dealt with in Landscapes

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Factors that shape

Atmosphere and hydrosphere get in contact with rocks and minerals on the Earth’s surface, where rocks spontaneously adapt to the…

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Landscape’s shape

In volcanic regions the landscape is also characterized by a series of minor but very fascinating phenomena, like geysers in…

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Environment and territory

The environment is a system whose processes are continuously interacting with the organisms that live in it. We have seen,…

special reports

  • 10 January 2007 / Earth

    Man and the mountain

    Life on the mountains The antique populations that used to live at the bottom of the mountains didn’t face them…

    7 January 2010 / Earth

    Alps and Appennines

    How a mountain chain is born The term orogeny was born from the Greek words oros (mountain) and genesis (origin);…

    13 May 2013 / Earth

    Small steps, great footprints

    Which one takes up more space, an apple or a steak? Have you ever wondered how much space is taken…

  • 5 September 2007 / Earth

    The Mediterranean sea

    What is hidden below? The warm blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea and its varied coasts, attract millions of tourists…

    3 December 2006 / Life

    Sustainable agriculture

    Eating in order to survive Agriculture is man’s main activity, it enables the production of food, that passes through shops…

    15 March 2008 / Ecosystems

    Biodiversity

    Defining biodiversity Much is said about biodiversity and of the need to protect it. But what is biodiversity? And why…

  • 10 November 2011 / Earth

    Landslides

    Water and gravity in action Very punctually, with the arrival of the spring and autumn precipitations, the topic of landslides…

    2 October 2011 / Earth

    The hydrogeological risk

    Inundations On the sides of  watercourses are plains known as flood plains, that get flooded only occasionally after large amounts…

    5 January 2005 / Earth

    Tsunami in the Maldives

    The tsunami On the 26th December 2004, an earthquake that took place 300 km west of the Island of Sumatra…

  • 10 January 2007 / Earth

    Man and the mountain

    Life on the mountains The antique populations that used to live at the bottom of the mountains didn’t face them…

    7 January 2010 / Earth

    Alps and Appennines

    How a mountain chain is born The term orogeny was born from the Greek words oros (mountain) and genesis (origin);…

  • 13 May 2013 / Earth

    Small steps, great footprints

    Which one takes up more space, an apple or a steak? Have you ever wondered how much space is taken…

    5 September 2007 / Earth

    The Mediterranean sea

    What is hidden below? The warm blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea and its varied coasts, attract millions of tourists…

  • 3 December 2006 / Life

    Sustainable agriculture

    Eating in order to survive Agriculture is man’s main activity, it enables the production of food, that passes through shops…

    15 March 2008 / Ecosystems

    Biodiversity

    Defining biodiversity Much is said about biodiversity and of the need to protect it. But what is biodiversity? And why…

  • 10 January 2007 / Earth

    Man and the mountain

    Life on the mountains The antique populations that used to live at the bottom of the mountains didn’t face them…

  • 7 January 2010 / Earth

    Alps and Appennines

    How a mountain chain is born The term orogeny was born from the Greek words oros (mountain) and genesis (origin);…

  • 13 May 2013 / Earth

    Small steps, great footprints

    Which one takes up more space, an apple or a steak? Have you ever wondered how much space is taken…

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curiosities

  • Mountains on the Earth

    The different landscapes that we analysed in the previous section are distributed in the five continents of the Earth. Observing…

    Different plains

    In South America plains are different from North to South. Plains in the north are called llanos and they are…

    Rock glaciers

    In the mountains, also in our Alps, in detrital screes at higher altitudes, it usually can be observed that part…

  • The most spectacular waterfalls

    The highest waterfalls in the world are located in Venezuela. The famous Salto Angel is 979 metres high. The widest…

    Volcanic eruptions

    The activity of some volcanoes is characterized by violent explosions that break the magma into fragment of different size. Those…

    Vast and the romantic marsh

    The biggest marsh is located in Florida, with an extension of 2185 square metres and a depth of 15 centimetres.…

  • What are the hills?

    A hill is a natural rise of the Earth’s surface. Generally, it is less than 600 metres high: it is…

    The most populated cities in the world

    In the last 50 years the world population has passed from 2.5 billion to 6 billion, and estimates say that…

    Big and small animals

    To live at the high temperatures of this inhospitable environment, some animal species have developed special morphological (concerning shape) and…

  • Mountains on the Earth

    The different landscapes that we analysed in the previous section are distributed in the five continents of the Earth. Observing…

    Different plains

    In South America plains are different from North to South. Plains in the north are called llanos and they are…

  • Rock glaciers

    In the mountains, also in our Alps, in detrital screes at higher altitudes, it usually can be observed that part…

    The most spectacular waterfalls

    The highest waterfalls in the world are located in Venezuela. The famous Salto Angel is 979 metres high. The widest…

  • Volcanic eruptions

    The activity of some volcanoes is characterized by violent explosions that break the magma into fragment of different size. Those…

    Vast and the romantic marsh

    The biggest marsh is located in Florida, with an extension of 2185 square metres and a depth of 15 centimetres.…

  • Mountains on the Earth

    The different landscapes that we analysed in the previous section are distributed in the five continents of the Earth. Observing…

  • Different plains

    In South America plains are different from North to South. Plains in the north are called llanos and they are…

  • Rock glaciers

    In the mountains, also in our Alps, in detrital screes at higher altitudes, it usually can be observed that part…

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