Introduction to the Field trips of the CorseAlp 2011

Giancarlo Molli, and Jacques Malavieille

Corsica is located in the Mediterranean sea, about 90 km from the Italian coast of Tuscany and 175 km from the French Riviera. This relatively large island stretches for 180 km in the north-south direction and 85 Km east-west. The rugged landscape, with a mean elevation of ca. 500 m and the highest point at 2710 m (Monte Cinto) is interrupted only by a major plain along the east coast.

CorseAlp 2011 was held in April 2011. A link to the website is here: CorseAlp 2011. The CorseAlp field trips were designed to introduce the participants to the general features of the geology of Alpine Corsica and to recent specific discoveries. Field trip 1 focused on the geology of the Ocean-Continent Transition preserved in the Monte San Petrone, in Central Corsica, which was subducted to eclogite facies conditions during the Alpine orogeny. The three days post-workshop field trip (Field trip 2) focused on the general architecture of Alpine Corsica in an EW transect between the Balagne region and Bastia. The main topics of Field trip 1 and 2 allow discussion about the overall evolution of Alpine Corsica in the framework of Mediterranean geodynamics, with a focus on the most controversial aspects.