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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

Factors that shape

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

Landscape’s shape

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

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

  • 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…

  • 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

    The hydrogeological risk

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

    28 August 2020 / Earth

    The Earth seen from above: signs of fires

    This image was taken by the ASTER sensor installed on the NASA TERRA satellite platform. The image was taken on…

  • 15 July 2020 / Earth

    Earth viewed from above

    Remote satellite sensing: what it is and what it is used for In the scientific field, the images produced by…

    30 April 2019 / Earth

    Urban woods

    When walking along a tree-lined avenue in a crowded and traffic-congested city, wrapped up in our daily commitments, we do…

    12 April 2019 / Earth

    Easter with extinct friends

    Easter Island is shaped like a triangle with three extinct volcanoes placed at the vertices, and has a total area…

  • 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…

    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

    The hydrogeological risk

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

    28 August 2020 / Earth

    The Earth seen from above: signs of fires

    This image was taken by the ASTER sensor installed on the NASA TERRA satellite platform. The image was taken on…

  • 15 July 2020 / Earth

    Earth viewed from above

    Remote satellite sensing: what it is and what it is used for In the scientific field, the images produced by…

    30 April 2019 / Earth

    Urban woods

    When walking along a tree-lined avenue in a crowded and traffic-congested city, wrapped up in our daily commitments, we do…

  • 12 April 2019 / Earth

    Easter with extinct friends

    Easter Island is shaped like a triangle with three extinct volcanoes placed at the vertices, and has a total area…

  • 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…

  • 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

    The hydrogeological risk

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

  • 28 August 2020 / Earth

    The Earth seen from above: signs of fires

    This image was taken by the ASTER sensor installed on the NASA TERRA satellite platform. The image was taken on…

  • 15 July 2020 / Earth

    Earth viewed from above

    Remote satellite sensing: what it is and what it is used for In the scientific field, the images produced by…

  • 30 April 2019 / Earth

    Urban woods

    When walking along a tree-lined avenue in a crowded and traffic-congested city, wrapped up in our daily commitments, we do…

  • 12 April 2019 / Earth

    Easter with extinct friends

    Easter Island is shaped like a triangle with three extinct volcanoes placed at the vertices, and has a total area…

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