The "Pesciara di Bolca" and the "Monte Postale"

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The "Pesciara di Bolca" and the "Monte Postale"

Nation: Italy
Region: Veneto
Province: Verona
Municipality: Bolca

Pesciara di Bolca (Verona)

The deposit, known since 1555, has provided a vast number of ichtyofauna and plant finds. Similar finds of smaller sizes are: worms, shellfish, insects, jellyfish, Lamellibranchia, cephalopods, reptiles and bird feathers. The well-known “Pesciara” is a calcareous rock embedded in volcanic rocks.
The deposit corresponds to the top of the Lower Eocene or the bottom of the Middle Eocene. Its absolute age is about 48 million years.

The “Pesciara” deposit environment is a protected one, with a shallow sea similar to a lagoon that is limited with  respect to the open sea.

Point of interest: the deposit has preserved over 150 species of fishes in perfect conditions and has provided thousands of fossils. The fossiliferous levels are marked by a quarry.

Deterioration risk: limited

Constraints: The quarry has been licensed to the private sector.

Bibliography: Sorbini L. (1967) - Contributo alla sedimentologia della Pesciara di Bolca. (Contribution to the Sedimentology of the “Pesciara” of Bolca) Mem. Mus. Civ. St. Nat., 15, Verona, 213-321


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