Since the beginning of the 1980’s northern Victoria Land has been the main geological research area of both, German and Italian Antarctic programmes. In 1995, both teams began a collaborative geological mapping programme under the acronym of GIGAMAP (German-Italian Geological Antarctic MAp Programme) for the entire area of northern Victoria Land. The aim was the publication of a series of 1:250 000 geological reconnaissance maps (see Fig. 1). The scale was preset by the only available detailed topographicmap base. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) kindly provided this base in the form of 18 quadrangles for northern Victoria Land named after prominent topographic features. The 18 sheets of northern Victoria Land and the bipartition between the German Antarctic North Victoria Land Expedition (GANOVEX) and the Italian Programma Nazionale di Ricerche in Antartide (PNRA) are indicated in figure 1. The reconnaissance map of Welcome Mountain quadrangle was published in 1989 as a US-German cooperation, compiled by Edmund Stump (Stump, 1989). This ambitious programme imposed a long preliminary preparation especially in order to agree on common stratigraphic and tectonic schemes and nomenclature which also implied joint excursions in the field (and long discussions in front of the outcrops). The eight maps coordinated by the Italians were printed and published in the period of 1997-2012. They were realized in the ambit and with the logistic and financial support of PNRA. The individual maps were made available to the scientific community for free, as soon as they were printed. An exchange programme of distribution of maps among the national Antarctic libraries of all the countries operating in Antarctica were conducted under the auspices of the SCAR-AGI working group. The German team has published six map sheets so far. The three remaining ones are planned to be finished within the next two years. These comprise the sheets “Daniels Range”, “Mt. Soza”, and last but not least “Cape Hallett”. The eight geological maps produced by the Italian teams have been collected in this map case as a contribution of the Italian National Antarctic Museum and Terra Antartica Publication in occasion of the 30th anniversary of PNRA 1985-2015.
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|Titolo:||German-Italian Geological Antarctic Map Programme - The Italian Contribution - A Map case for 30 Year of the Italian Research Programme in Antarctica (1985-2015) + 8 geological maps|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||02.01 - Contributo in volume (Capitolo o saggio)|