Resources

Underground Bodies of Water

Following regional resolution DGRT 225/2003, 45 significant underground bodies of water were declared within the Region of Tuscany (known in Italian as CISS -Corpi Idrici Significativi Sotterranei), with the aim of defining the level of safeguarding to be maintained and any decontamination work to be undertaken through the Safeguarding Plan. Of the 45 CISS identified in Tuscany, 29 were aquifers in porous materials, and 16 in fractured materials... read more 

Geo-mineral DB (Ex-Rimin archives)

Mining activities, which have taken place in Italy since ancient times, have led to the creation of archives preserving the vast quantity of documents that have constantly accompanied this work since the 19th century. Together with the mines themselves, these documents offer important evidence of an industry that has now been exhausted, and form an extremely valuable source of information..... read more 

Apuan Alps Marble Project

The Marble project seeks to increase knowledge of surface and underground geology regarding the marble in the Apuan Alps (northern Tuscany), which is a major factor in the local economy, with the objective of giving a modern technical and geological basis to the planning of both opencast and underground marble exploitation. This makes it possible to harness this mineral resource in the Apuan Alps while minimising environmental costs..... read more


 


Underground Bodies of Water

Following regional resolution DGRT 225/2003, 45 significant underground bodies of water were declared within the Region of Tuscany (known in Italian as CISS -Corpi Idrici Significativi Sotterranei), with the aim of defining the level of safeguarding to be maintained and any decontamination work to be undertaken through the Safeguarding Plan. Of the 45 CISS identified in Tuscany, 29 were aquifers in porous materials, and 16 in fractured materials.

Based on resolution n° 939 of 26 October 2009, (identification and description of water bodies in Tuscany) the water bodies were reconsidered, applying new criteria to identify them, leading to amendments in both their number and their title, and they are now defined as 66 CIS (Corpi Idrici Sotterranei - underground bodies of water) taking the term 'significant' as read. Following the above resolution, a revision of the studies previously carried out is planned.
 
DATA and PRODUCTS
The products currently available in shapefile format in the table below are the fruit of the delimitation work from the above CISS, based on the 1:10,000 geological map, and are represented by the 2-D reconstruction of the 3-D geometry, using the isobaths of the extreme surfaces (base and roof) and isopachs of the impermeable or very low permeability coverage.
For some bodies of water there is also a more detailed level of knowledge of the aquifers, fruit of phase 2 of the work, the main objectives of which were to identify the levels of multilayer aquifers in porous materials and to define the levels of the roof and bed of aquifers in rock. The above studies were carried out using the data found in the Subsoil Database, and were completed for all aquifers by the end of 2011, with the conclusion of phase 2.The table below contains the perimeters, roof isobaths, bed isobaths, and the isobaths for the coverage of water bodies, also in kml format. Once the files have been saved on a computer or opened directly, upon request they will be automatically loaded on Google Earth, which must previously have been installed on the same computer.
 
Appended files -  Complete report on the project
Appended files -  Index map for bodies of water
Metadata (and contacts) - Metadata for individual CISS

 

 

Porous acquifer Bodies of water in rock

 

CISS INFORMATIVE LAYERS GROUPED BY TYPES

It's available a mosaic of the main informative layers of bodies of water allowing a visualization of the whole CSS layers (as for instance visualize the bed of aquifers).

Appended files (in Italian) - Shape of the mosaic of informative layers

 

CISS APUANE E CIS SINISTRA OROGRAFICA SERCHIO

For data related to underground bodies of water of  Apuane and the left bank of Serchio river it's available a web service following the next  link.

Services - Water Bodies Apuane-Serchio

 

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Geo-mineral DB (Ex-Rimin archives)

Mining activities, which have taken place in Italy since ancient times, have led to the creation of archives preserving the vast quantity of documents that have constantly accompanied this work since the 19th century. Together with the mines themselves, these documents offer important evidence of an industry that has now been exhausted, and form an extremely valuable source of information. To these ends they are a precious heritage for many activities and disciplines (including those studying geological risk and pollution risk in Italy; those studying Italian mineralogy and geology, or those studying Italian mineral potential, etc...), as well as being of importance in terms of mining history. 
 
As time has passed, these archives have fallen increasingly into a state of abandonment and decay, due mainly to the fact that, following the closure of almost all the mines in Italy, interest in mining activities, and consequently in these archives, has gradually tailed off. To make matters worse, there is no catalogue of the documents contained in these archives, meaning the time required to consult them would be too long, and unacceptable by today's standards, given the speed with which information is now exchanged. If the documents are too numerous and are archived in no particular order, consultation would be absolutely impossible. 
 
Consequently, managing these archives is increasingly unfavourable in economic terms, and if a way is not found very soon to protect and preserve the documents within them for the future, we risk losing an inestimable wealth of historic geological and mining information. With this in mind, a project has been launched to create an information system for the management and consultation of applied geological data. The aim of the project was to create an information system that could be consulted over the internet, containing geological data regarding Tuscany's mining heritage taken from the ex-Rimin archives, conserved by the firm Aquater. This has made it possible not only to protect and preserve the documents in this archive for posterity, but also to render them easier to manage and consult. Users can search the database through a form that offers a number of criteria, before viewing and downloading scanned pdf or image files (bmp, jpg) of a series of documents and diagrams.
The most frequently occurring types include:
 
  • Geological reports
  • Logs from mineral explorations?
  • Mining plans
  • Stratigraphic profiles and planimetric maps?
  • Explorations and surveys?
  • Chemical and mineral analyses?
  • Miscellaneous management records?
  • Geological maps

Metadata (and contacts) -  Metadata for Ex-Rimin DB

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Apuan Alps Marble Project

marmi alpi apuane

The Marble project seeks to increase knowledge of surface and underground geology regarding the marble in the Apuan Alps (northern Tuscany), which is a major factor in the local economy, with the objective of giving a modern technical and geological basis to the planning of both opencast and underground marble exploitation. This makes it possible to harness this mineral resource in the Apuan Alps while minimising environmental costs. 
The project ran from 2004 to 2007. The GIS database and online maps found on this site have subsequently been updated, based on notifications from public and private bodies regarding the opening and closing of new quarries as well as any amendments to other elements included in the database.
 

The image show some of the marble's 'variety of the Apuan Alps: A) Blocco di marmo Ordinario (Carrara); B) Blocco di marmo Bianco (Forno); C) Livello di marmo Venato all’interno di marmi Grigi (Equi); D) Blocco di marmo Zerbino (Carrara); E) Fronti di coltivazione in marmo Arabescato (M. Corchia); F) Tagli di cava in marmo Calacatta (Forno); G) Tagli di cava in Brecce Rosse (Arnetola); H) Tagli cava in Brecce di Seravezza (M. Corchia).

In October 2011 a new web mapping service was launched, enabling users to view data, download a pdf of the area of interest at a scale of 1:10,000 and dynamically generate a key.

Services - New web mapping service  

Appended files - Database marmi in formato ‘personal geodatabase’ (Esri)

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Last updated: 11/12/2012