The Geology Of Sardinia


Sardinia is one of the oldest geographical regions in the Mediterranean. Its geology has formed over an extremally volatile, and dynamic 500 million years.

Today, Sardinia is in the continental phase of development, meaning that it is very stable. Remarkably Sardinia is the only region in Italy not to have earthquakes.

The mineral kingdom is the foundation of everything, it is the ground upon which we stand, and upon which all of life can unfold. I find it very interesting that the geology of Sardinia would have dictated the type of plants, and animals that could thrive on the island, and possibly on the types of human civilizations to take root in Sardinia.

Beyond the mineral, plant, and animal kingdoms, the human kingdom was influenced by the geology of this amazing island. From about 8000 years ago the ancients living on the island started to mine Obsidian, which is a type of volcanic glass.

Around 3000BC there is evidence of Talc being mined, and then by 1200BC Cooper was mined by the ancient Nuragic Civilization.

Much of Sardinia is comprised of rocks that belong to the ancient mountain ranges belonging to the Palaeozoic period.

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