Italy, an exceptional discovery in a small village: a rich hidden treasure

Exceptional discovery in a small village located in “our” Italy. Some special visitors have arrived from abroad. All the details.

Fornovolasco (RaiPlay screenshot – Geo, Rai 3)

New exceptional discovery in Fornovolasco, part of the municipality of Fabbriche di Vergemoli, in the province of Lucca in Tuscany. This time, however, we are not talking about this small village because of the splendid Grotta del Vento.

Indeed, privileged visitors have come from abroad to discover the geological and mineralogical riches of this territory.

In 2019, Cristian Biagioni and Daniela Mauro, geologists from the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Pisa, together with scholars from other research institutes in Italy and abroad, discovered a new mineralogical species.

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This discovery makes the geodiversity of the Fornovolasco region even richer.

Fornovolasco (RaiPlay screenshot – Geo, Rai 3)

Barbara L. Dutrow, former president of the Mineralogical Society of America and the Geological Society of America, her husband Darrel Henry, professor of geology at Lousiana State University, Andreas Ertl, of the Institut fuer Mineralogie und Kristallographie from the University of Vienna, Austria, and Peter Bacik, from the Comenius University of Bratislava, Slovak Republic, visited the territory of Fornovolasco.

The reason for their visit was the discovery in the region of a new mineralogical species which was named Dutrowite, in honor of the Louisiana State University professor.

This is a new geological discovery in this area after Volaschioite, a mineral that takes its name from the municipality of Fornovolasco.

Michele Giannini, Mayor of Fabbriche di Vergemoli, commented while greeting the guests.

We are delighted with this new discovery, which shows to what extent this territory of extraordinary beauty is also unique from a geological point of view and rich in as yet unknown diversities.

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The mayor of the municipality located in the province of Lucca added.

In the future, thanks to the Pnrr which has just been won, the territory will also be developed in this way in order to make the attractiveness of the village more and more diversified.

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