The rugged reefs of Mallorca: the key to the Messinian story in the Western Mediterranean?

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?

Exploring the salty Sicily: The Messinian Salinity Crisis from a fieldwork perspective

Authors: Athina Tzevahirtzian (University of Palermo) & Beatriz Martínez-Rius (Sorbonne Université) The Mediterranean seabed hides precious secrets that geologists are struggling to understand for years now. Their major obstacle? Technological and technical difficulties that convert the seafloor in an unreachable place… Unless you are in Sicily, where you can literally touch the rocks without getting … Continue reading Exploring the salty Sicily: The Messinian Salinity Crisis from a fieldwork perspective

Beyond the Scala dei Turchi: A stairway from the Messinian to the Zanclean

Athina Tzevahirtzian - Universitá degli Studi di Palermo (Italy) Scala dei Turchi or “Stairs of the Turks” is one of the most popular Mediterranean destinations located on the southern coast of Sicily, in the area of Capo Rossello. Its attraction grew through the legend of these unusual staircases, also revealed by its name, referring to … Continue reading Beyond the Scala dei Turchi: A stairway from the Messinian to the Zanclean