What is a geological map? Which kind of data does it provide? How can it be used for applications with consequences on people’s life? As a contribution to the International Map Year, the Società Geologica Italiana created an exhibition of 18 posters to explain the value of geological maps. The panels, prepared for the exhibition that was organized for the National Geological Conference in Neaples at the beginning of September, can be freely downloaded in Italian and in English.


The exhibition is divided in six themes, each of them described by three panels:


  • 1A, B, C – Geological mapping: what a geological map is and how it is made
  • 2A, B, C – Geology of the Alps. Across Valtellina and Alto Adige-Südtirol. From printed geological maps to the digital database.
  • 3A, B, C – Geology of the plains. Po Plain and study of seismically-induced sediment liquefaction.
  • 4A, B, C – Geology of the Central Apennine. The Piana del Fucino and L’Aquila. Seismic microzonation.
  • 5A, B, C – Geology of volcanic areas: the Vesuvio. Volcanic hazards.
  • 6A, B, C – Geology and man: the Gulf of Taranto. Geology of the sea-bottom.

Feel free to download the panels from the website of the Italian Geological Society.

We congratulate and thank our Italian colleagues Fabrizio Berra, Chiara D’Ambrogi and Marcello Tropeano on their wonderful work in explaining the relevance of (geological) cartography!