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Tectonic-geomorphological map of the middle Aterno River valley (Abruzzo, Central Italy)
 
Antonio Santo1, Alessandra Ascione2, Giuseppe Di Crescenzo1, Enrico Miccadei3, Tommaso Piacentini3, Ettore Valente2
 
1 Department of Earth Sciences, Environment and Georesources – DiSTAR, University of Naples Federico II - Largo S. Marcellino 10, 80138 Napoli, Italy
2 Department of Civil, Constructional and Environmental Engineeering – DICEA, University of Naples Federico II - Piazzale Tecchio a Fuorigrotta, 80125 Napoli, Italy
3 Department of Engineering and Geology – INGEO, Laboratory of Tectonic Geomorphology and GIS, 'G. D'Annunzio' University of Chieti-Pescara - Via dei Vestini 30, 66100 Chieti, Italy
 
Journal of Maps, 10(3), 365-378, 2014
 
 Abstract

Santo et al 2014 JOMAfter the 6 April, 2009 normal faulting L'Aquila earthquake (Mw 6.3), the attention of many scientists was drawn to the Abruzzo Apennines. Until that time few studies had addressed the geomorphological and morphotectonic features of this area and none to extensive geomorphological mapping. The tectonic-geomorphological map (scale 1:40,000) presented in this work is the result of a morphotectonic investigation of the middle Aterno River valley, which includes the area from the western L'Aquila-Coppito basin (to the northwest) to the Paganica–San Demetrio basin and to the Castelnuovo–Civitaretenga basin (to the southeast). The map is implemented within a GIS environment by means of: DEM and map-based cartographic analysis and morphometry of orography and hydrography (raster and vector data scale 1:25,000, 10 m grid DEM), photogeological analysis (scale 1:10,000), structural geomorphological field mapping (scale 1:10,000), basin fill geometry analysis (geophysical and borehole investigations) and tectonic–geomorphological profiles that couple landforms, deposits and surfaces. The map incorporates orography and hydrography, basin fill geometry, tectonic–geomorphology and tectonic–geomorphological profiles. The result provides a basis for the recognition of morphotectonic features at basin scale, detection of tectonic control on the landscape, and reconstruction of paleo-landscapes and basin geometry.
 
Legenda Figura: Morphotectonic features: (a) fault escarpment and tectono-karst basin in the Santo Stefano di Sessanio area (in the background fault escarpment at the front of Mt. Ocre); (b) detail of a fault scarplet at the base of a fault escarpment in the Santo Stefano di Sessanio area; (c) dip slope on Upper Pliocene–Lower Pleistocene breccias in the Barisciano area; (d) fault escarpment on the northern slope of Mt. Cerro (lateral view from the village of Fossa); (e) Mt. Bazzano fault scarp; (f) evidences of reactivation after the 6 April 2009 Mw. 6.3 L’Aquila earthquake on the Mt. Bazzano fault scarp.
 
Key-words: tectonic geomorphology; intermontane tectonic basins; L'Aquila; central Apennines; Italy