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ISRM 1st annual technical and cultural field trip to the Florence region

The first annual ISRM technical and cultural field trip will be held in September 2009 in Italy and will be devoted to the Carrara marble quarries and the historical quarrying and mining activities which have taken place in Tuscany since Etruscan times (about 700 B.C.).

Organisation is through the University of Florence: Prof. Geol. Massimo Coli, Dept. Earth Sciences, and Prof. Geol. Carlo Alberto Garzonio, Dept. of Restoration and Conservation of Architectural Heritage.

The excursion will start from Florence. On the first day, we will visit the Carrara Marble quarries from which Michelangelo took the marble for his masterpieces; we will be both in large open pit and underground quarries. In the evening, there will be time for a technical talk-around-the-table. Overnight will be spent in Versilia.

The second day will be devoted to visiting the XXth century disused mine of Gavorrano, and the Etruscan and medieval mine of the San Silvestro site of the Metalliferous Hills National Park. We will be back in Florence for dinner.

For accompanying persons, a rich tourist package in and around Florence will be provided.

The number of participants will be fixed at a minimum of 25 and a maximum of 50. The fee for the Field Trip, all inclusive from Monday morning to Tuesday evening will be 300 Euros for ISRM Members and 400 Euros for non-Members.

Further details concerning registration will be announced soon.