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This is the page for the English version of CARS. Not all pages are translated, but here you can find most of the activities and see what we do in caving and research in central Italy.

Translating “Centro Appenninico Ricerche Sotterranee” means Underground Research Institute of the Appennines. The perposes of the Institute are research projects in many doctrines of science like geology, minerology, paleontology,  ecology, botanics, zoology, biogeografy, all focused on karst areas of the appenines of central Italy.

One of the main goals is the conservation of all those habitats interested by karst fenomena. We whant to envolve as many people as possible that can give there support for all these activities.

Map of Central Italy showing the Appennine Mountins

The Apennines mountain system, runs the entire length of the Italian peninsula. It extends south for 1,350 km, from Liguria, NW Italy, where the Apennines join with the Ligurian Alps, to the Strait of Messina; the mountains of Sicily are a southwest continuation of the system. The Apennines are widest 130 km in the central section, which also contains the highest peaks, Mt. Corno (2,914 m high) and Mt. Amaro (2,795 m high). The central and southern Apennines have mineral springs, crater lakes, fumaroles, and volcanoes (two, Vesuvius and Etna, are still active). The southern section also experiences many earthquakes. Of the many rivers rising in the Apennines, the few important ones (Arno, Tiber, and Volturno) all flow W into the Tyrrhenian Sea. The N and central Apennines are rich in a great variety of minerals.

All these mountins have a really high number of caves. CARS is principaly studying the central Apennines that are the most extensive portion of the chain.


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