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Devil Landforms as Resources for Geotourism Development: An Example from Southern Apulia (Italy)

Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Biologiche e Ambientali, Università del Salento, 73100 Lecce, Italy
Resources 2019, 8(3), 131;
Received: 20 June 2019 / Revised: 19 July 2019 / Accepted: 21 July 2019 / Published: 26 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Geoheritage and Geotourism Resources)
The landscape of Murge Tarantine limestone ridge (southern Apulia, Italy) is marked by the presence of an isolated relief showing a singular shape and name, the Monte del Diavolo (i.e., the Devil’s Mount). The Monte del Diavolo is located in a very interesting area from a geological point of view since it shows an E–W trending high-fault scarp, the morphological effect of the right-lateral transtensive North Salento Fault Zone. The Monte del Diavolo is a small isolated conical relief reaching at its top 115 m above m.s.l.; it elevates about 20 m from the surrounding plain surface, stretching at about 95 m altitude. Its evolution has been influenced by the occurrence of strongly cemented breccia deposits, most likely due to cave roof collapse and calcite precipitation, which are more resistant to the karst denudation process than surrounding limestones. This paper would be the first step towards the cultural promotion of the Monte del Diavolo area, which is marked by geological and geomorphological peculiar features and by a relevant archaeological and natural heritage as well. View Full-Text
Keywords: isolated relief; geological heritage; southern Apulia; Italy isolated relief; geological heritage; southern Apulia; Italy
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Sansò, P. Devil Landforms as Resources for Geotourism Development: An Example from Southern Apulia (Italy). Resources 2019, 8, 131.

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