Author: Athina Tzevahirtzian (Università di Palermo) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fwu_YiTZirs The study of the unique Mediterranean salt giant started well before the nowadays SALTGIANT ETN (2018 – 2021). On March 2016, another European project began, entitled COST Action CA15103 “Uncovering the Mediterranean salt giant (MEDSALT)”. The MEDSALT project has included a critical mass of both experienced and early-career … Continue reading FINAL MEDSALT SYMPOSIUM 2020 – PIRAN, SLOVENIA
Author: Simon Blondel (OGS Trieste, Italy) In the previous post, we briefly summarized how salt layers flow and discussed the importance of scaling. This week we will talk about the mechanisms and parameters that govern salt tectonic. The topics presented are based on the “Salt Tectonics: Understanding Rocks that Flow” conference, organized by the Geological … Continue reading Salt Tectonics – Part III
Author: Francesca Bulian (Universidad de Salamanca, Spain) In our blog, Federico already tackled the amazing concept of a disappearing sea, emphasizing how rising of new mountain chains and consequent lend-sea redistribution impacts marine basins. These geological changes can happen on different time scales, from less than a million up to hundreds of millions of years … Continue reading How a shrinking ocean helped global cooling: a story of feedbacks
Author: Simon Blondel (OGS Trieste) In a previous post, I tried to write a summary of the objectives and the benefits of studying Salt tectonics. In my next posts, I will try to provide an overview of the current state of knowledge in this domain and what the scientific community is working on: in other … Continue reading Salt Tectonics – Part II
Author: Simon Blondel (OGS Trieste) Giant, halite-dominated salt accumulations are common on Earth. Throughout the human history, they have been mined for their salt that was used for animal nutrition, food conservation, de-icing etc. Compared to the other rocks, halite itself is quite a peculiar material characterized by: a low density;a low permeability;a high solubility … Continue reading From Fossil fuel exploration to underground storage and geothermal energy: Why do we care about Salt tectonics?
Authors: Hanneke Heida (ICTJA, CSIC - Barcelona), Fadl Raad (CNRS Montpellier) and Athina Tzevahirtzian (Universitá di Palermo). Last September our ESRs Hanneke Heida, Fadl Raad and Athina Tzevahirtzian had the opportunity to enjoy an Indian Summer investigating the fascinating Messinian outcrops of the island of Mallorca, in the Balearic archipelago. Hanneke, Athina, Fadl and Professor … Continue reading The rugged reefs of Mallorca: the key to the Messinian story in the Western Mediterranean?
Author: Gaia Travan (CNRS Lille, France) What makes the salt a unique geological material is its low viscosity value: at low temperature and considering geological times, salt moves as a Newtonian fluid. To have an idea of the viscosity contrast between salt and brittle rocks as carbonates, the difference in viscosity can be higher than … Continue reading Brief history of the salt tectonics studies