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Le meraviglie dello stretto di Messina Le meraviglie dello stretto di Messina

Authors: Adolfo Berdar - Franz Riccobono
Pages: 672.
Italian text with pictures.
Price: L. 75.000 (Euro 38,73)
Publication date: 1986.

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The various topics of the life and the popular traditions are faced being distributed over several chapters.

The reader is accompanied in a series of cultural routes leaving out no aspect of the calabro-peloritano territory: - the fossil elephants, who gave perhaps origin to the legend of the Ciclopi; - fishes living only in this arm of sea, also known as " The Heaven of the Zoologist "; - the rare "abysmal" fauna that, probably, contributed to the legend of mythologic monsters - a submarine forest of Laminarie, giant algas up to 10 meters long, that where interpreted like the long hairs of the mermaids. Nor have been forgotten the " floatings rocks " remembered in the Odissea, the impetuous tidal currents, the whirlpool of " Cariddi ", unusual phenomena like the " Morgana Fairy ", the " Countess of the wind ", the " Hairs of the sorceress ".

Particular interest comes from the wide and original set of images presented. Rare and ancient images are proposed and compared to the current situation. The "Fretum" topic is dealt in its tectonical origins, relating it to the erosion, the growth and the impressive changes of the coastal area. This book represents a synthesis between science and myth, in the examination of all those phenomena that have characterized in the centuries the life of the Strait.

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