The Lower Evaporites of the Vena del Gesso (Northern Apennines, Italy) - photo by M. Roveri, 2003

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A website dedicated to the exploration of the great environmental changes experienced by the whole Mediterranean area about 6 millions years ago
What caused the dramatic, sudden and synchronous palaeogeographic changes recorded by sedimentary rocks that transformed the Mediterranean into the largest saline basin in the Earth's history?
What the impact on Mediterranean marine and terrestrial ecosystems?
What the consequences on the Atlantic Ocean circulation pattern?
Could it happen again in the future?
Since more than 30 years the international scientific community is trying to solve one of the most intriguing problems in the history of natural sciences

News and views

September 22, 2005
GeoSed Annual Meeting
Session on:

The Messinian salinity crisis: old and new problems from the recentmost interdisciplinary researches
Conveners: S. Lugli and M. Roveri

(PDF 532 kb)

May 18-19, 2005
Amphithéatre du CEREGE- Europôle de l'Arbois-13545 Aix-en-Provence -France
Meeting on:
Ouverture de la Méditerranée Occidentale et épisode messinien: implications pour la tectonique du sud de la France
organized by X. Le Pichon, G. Clauzon and O. Bellier


Take a field trip on the Northern Apennines Messinian deposits!
The Guidebook of the 32nd IGC Congress Field Trip is now available online (PDF - 5.1 Mb)

Corte 2004 - The Messinian Salinity Crisis Revisited - download the Abstract Volume (PDF - 440kb)
abstracts, posters and presentations

MSC Gallery - The Miocene/Pliocene boundary and Lower Pliocene Trubi-like mudstones in the Rio Nasseto section (eastern Romagna Apennines, Northern Italy)
Photo by M. Roveri, 2001


MSCref - the Messinian bibliographic database

MSC links

The ultradeep coring project


The 2006 Messinian Meeting

The 2nd Colloquium on "The Messinian salinity crisis revisited" will be held at the Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra of the University of Parma (Italy) the 7th-9th September 2006.

1st circular
(PDF file, 131

A Messinian Session at the EGU General Assembly (Vienna, April 2-7, 2006)
"The Messinian desiccation of the Mediterranean Sea, its causes, phenomena and consequences"
Organizers: and



New spaces for Messinian debate

Why a Messinian website? I think the answer is easy. In the last decades, hundreds of Earth and Life scientists have been trying to shed light on the set of dramatic palaeogeographic changes that affected the Mediterranean area at the end of the Miocene.

Different theories and hypothesis have been proposed through the time, thus allowing the temperature of the scientific debate to be maintained at hottest values.

I believe that, in order to take full advantage from different approaches and ideas, the true fuel for scientific research, the Messinian community needs new and larger spaces to promote discussion and to share data and experience. To this respect, much work has been done in the past and much is currently being done through the organization of meetings, workshops and so on. Of course these events have a fundamental relevance and I do believe that any effort should be done to organize
a Messinian Meeting every two years. I hope this proposal will be of some interest for the Messinian community and it could be discussed during the next Corte Colloquium. Nonetheless, I guess periodic (cyclic!) meetings cannot fully satisfy the growing demand for information and debate.

I believe that a website open to the free contribute of all Messinian scientist would represent a valuable chance to create a permanent, up to date and stimulating network of scientific knowledge, personal relationships and feedbacks, from which new collaborations, ideas and project proposals would hopefully arise.

Of course this electronic space will survive and grow only through the active collaboration of the widest community. To make communications easier and faster, the website will be provided soon with dynamic and interactive pages. For this reason I invite Messinian people to about this initiative as well as any technical suggestions, information or document that would improve what I hope is going to become our website.

Il capoluogo di provincia di Caltanissetta conta circa 63.000 abitanti e si trova nella seconda isola per estensione d'Italia: la Sicilia. Non è tra le più grandi città siciliane, ma rientra comunque nella Top 10. Le origini della città sono a tutt'oggi incerte, ma probabilmente la sua fondazione la si deve a popolazioni arabe, che conquistarono nel IX secolo la terra di Sicilia. Quando si arriva in questa splendida città, uno dei luoghi più interessanti da visitare, è senza ombra di dubbio la cattedrale di Caltanissetta, che si trova nel centro storico della città. Tutto questo è possibile farlo avvalendosi del servizio di noleggio auto che vi offriamo da qualsiasi parte del mondo. Il nostro servizio vi mette a disposizione un'auto nuova in qualunque luogo del mondo, che potrete prenotare direttamente da casa, in tutta comodità e sicurezza. Quando visiterete la Sicilia dunque, non dimenticate la bella Caltanissetta.

Marco Roveri, University of Parma, Italy

Messinian stratigraphy
MSC projects
the ME.LA (MIUR-Cofin) 2003 project

III Project Meeting - Bologna 20-21 dicembre 2004

ODP and DSDP Mediterranean Legs
Ocean Drilling Project

DSDP Leg 13
DSDP Leg 42A
ODP Leg 107 - Central Mediterranean
ODP Leg 160 - Eastern Mediterranean - Preliminary Report - Scientific Results
ODP Leg 161 - Western Mediterranean - Preliminary Report - Scientific Results

MSC Gallery - The Miocene/Pliocene boundary in the Conero section (Marche, Central Italy). The more resistant calcarenitic body prolonging into the Adriatic Sea is the topmost Messinian deposit.
Photo by M. Roveri, 2004

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