Settore ERC

PE10_5 - Geology, tectonics, volcanology



The Natural and EXperimental Tectonics research group at the University of Parma - Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability is dedicated to studying the deformation architecture and evolution of upper crustal structures from the microscopic to the plate tectonics scale in an integrated way. This research is strongly based on field work on a complete range of tectonic regimes including contractional, extensional and strike-slip faulting and related folding. Quantitative information on rock petrophysical properties is acquired in the Microstructure and Petrophysics Lab. Geodynamical complexities and structural and tectonic models are faced in the “Elisabetta Costa” Analogue Modelling Lab. Established in 2011, NEXT benefits from research projects funded by oil companies and is involved in many international collaborations.

Prodotti della ricerca




Selected publications


  • Berio, L. R., Balsamo, F., Pizzati, M., Storti, F., Curzi, M., & Viola, G. (2023). Along-and across-strike variation of damage zone parameters in the Kornos-Aghios Ioannis normal fault, Lemnos Island, Greece. Journal of Structural Geology177, 104981.
  • S. Brizzi, C. Cavozzi, F. Storti. "Smart materials for experimental tectonics: Viscous behavior of magnetorheological silicones", Tectonophysics 867, 230038
  • Lucca, A., Mittempergher, S., Succo, A., Bistacchi, A., Meda, M., & Storti, F. (2023). Deformation sequence and paleofluids in carbonate buckle folds under transpression (pag anticline, external dinarides, croatia). Tectonics42(10), 1-38.


  • Berio, L. R., Mittempergher, S., Storti, F., Bernasconi, S. M., Cipriani, A., Lugli, F., & Balsamo, F. (2022). Open–closed–open palaeofluid system conditions recorded in the tectonic vein networks of the Parmelan anticline (Bornes Massif, France). Journal of the Geological Society179(5), jgs2021-117.
  • F. Milazzo, C. Cavozzi, G. Corti, D. Maestrelli, F. Storti. "Centrifuge modelling of thrust systems in the brittle crust: Role of frictional décollement geometry"Journal of Structural Geology 153, 104450
  • S. Bulkan, P. Henry, P. Vannucchi, F. Storti, C. Cavozzi and J. P. Morgan. "The evolution of restraining and releasing bend pairs: analogue modelling investigation and application to the Sea of Marmara". ESS Open Archive . February 03, 2020. DOI: 10.1002/essoar.10502140.1
  • Patekar, M., Bašić, M., Pola, M., Kosović, I., Terzić, J., Lucca, A., ... & Borović, S. (2022). Multidisciplinary investigations of a karst reservoir for managed aquifer recharge applications on the island of Vis (Croatia). ACQUE SOTTERRANEE11(1), 37-48.


  • Berio, L. R., Storti, F., Balsamo, F., Mittempergher, S., Bistacchi, A., & Meda, M. (2021). Structural evolution of the Parmelan anticline (Bornes Massif, France): recording the role of structural inheritance and stress field changes on the finite deformation pattern. Tectonics40(11), e2021TC006913.
  • Delfino, D.; Mori, G.; Rivetti, C.; Grigoletto, A.; Bizzotto, G.; Cavozzi, C.; Malatesta, M.; Cavazzini, D.; Pasut, G.; Percudani, R. "Actin‐Resistant DNase1L2 as a Potential Therapeutics for CF Lung Disease". Biomolecules 2021, 11, 410.
  • Molli, G., Manighetti, I., Bennett, R., Malavieille, J., Serpelloni, E., Storti, F., ... & Porta, L. (2021). Active fault systems in the Inner Northwest Apennines, Italy: a reappraisal one century after the 1920 Mw~ 6.5 Fivizzano earthquake. Geosciences11(3), 139.


  • S. Bulkan, P. Vannucchi, L. Gasperini, A. Polonia, C. Cavozzi. "Modelling tectonic deformation along the North-Anatolian Fault in the Sea of Marmara", Tectonophysics, Volume 794, 2020, 228612
  • Lucca, A., Storti, F., & Molli, G. (2020). Extensional fracture network attribute distribution in faulted thick sandstone strata: Compione Fault, Northern Apennines, Italy. Journal of Structural Geology131, 103954.


  • Lucca, A., Storti, F., Balsamo, F., Clemenzi, L., Fondriest, M., Burgess, R., & Di Toro, G. (2019). From submarine to subaerial out‐of‐sequence thrusting and gravity‐driven extensional faulting: Gran Sasso Massif, Central Apennines, Italy. Tectonics38(12), 4155-4184.


  • Leah, H., Fondriest, M., Lucca, A., Storti, F., Balsamo, F., & Di Toro, G. (2018). Coseismic extension recorded within the damage zone of the Vado di Ferruccio Thrust Fault, Central Apennines, Italy. Journal of Structural Geology114, 121-138.
  • Lucca, A., Storti, F., Molli, G., Muchez, P., Schito, A., Artoni, A., ... & Mariani, E. S. (2019). Seismically enhanced hydrothermal plume advection through the process zone of the Compione extensional Fault, Northern Apennines, Italy. GSA Bulletin131(3-4), 547-571.


  • Paolo D’Adda, Roberto Longoni, Corrado Magistroni, Marco Meda, Fabrizio Righetti, Cristian Cavozzi, Yago Nestola, and Fabrizio Storti (2017). ”Extensional reactivation of a deep transpressional architecture: Insights from sandbox analogue modeling applied to the Val d’Agri basin (Southern Apennines, Italy).” Interpretation, 5(1), SD55-SD66. doi: 10.1190/INT-2016-0078.1


  • Schreurs, G., Buiter, S.J.H., Boutelier, J., Burberry, C., Callot, J.-P., Cavozzi, C., Cerca, M., Chen, J.-H., Cristallini, E., Cruden, A.R., Cruz, L., Daniel, J.-M., Da Poian, G., Garcia, V.H., Gomes, C.J.S., Grall, C., Guillot, Y., Guzmán, C., Hidayah, T.N., Hilley, G., Klinkmüller, M., Koyi, H.A., Lu, C.-Y., Maillot, B., Meriaux, C., Nilfouroushan, F., Pan, C.-C., Pillot, D., Portillo, R., Rosenau, M., Schellart, W.P., Schlische, R.W., Take, A., Vendeville, B., Vergnaud, M., Vettori, M., Wang, S.-H., Withjack, M.O., Yagupsky, D., Yamada, Y., Benchmarking Analogue Models of Brittle Thrust Wedges, Journal of Structural Geology (2016), doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2016.03.005.
  • Sadeghi, Shahriar, Storti, Fabrizio, Ali, Yassaghi, Nestola, Yago, Cavozzi, Cristian, Experimental deformation partitioning in obliquely converging orogens with lateral variations of basal d´ecollement rheology: inferences for NW Zagros, Iran, Tectonophysics (2016), doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2016.05.014


  • Tavani S., Storti F., Lacombe O., Corradetti A., Muñoz J.A. & Mazzoli S. (2015) - A review of deformation pattern templates in foreland basin systems and fold-and-thrust belts: implications for the state of stress in the frontal regions of thrust wedges. Earth Science Reviews, 141, 82-104. Issn: 0012-8252.
  • Y. Nestola, F.Storti and C. Cavozzi Strain rate dependent lithosphere rifting and necking architectures in analogue experiments. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth  DOI: 10.1002/2014JB0113
  • Clemenzi L, Storti F, Balsamo F, Molli G, Ellam R, Muchez P, Swennen R, (2015). Fluid pressure cycles, variations in permeability, and weakening mechanisms along low-angle normal faults: The Tellaro detachment, Italy. Geological Society of America Bulletin, DOI:10.1130/B31203.


  • Balsamo F., Aldega L., De Paola N., Faoro I. & Storti F. (2014) The signature and mechanics of earthquake ruptures along shallow creeping faults in poorly lithified sediments. Geology, 42, 435-438.
  • Clemenzi L., Molli G., Storti F., Muchez P., Swennen R. & Torelli L. (2014) - Extensional deformation structures within a convergent orogen: The Val di Lima low-angle normal fault system (Northern Apennines, Italy). Journal of Structural Geology, 66, 205-222. Issn: 0191-8141.
  • Giaconia F., Booth-Rea G., Martinez-Martinez J.M., Azanon, J.M., Storti F. & Artoni A. (2014) – Heterogeneous extension and the role of transfer faults in the development of the southeastern Betic Basin (SE Spain). Tectonics, 33, doi:10.1002/2014TC0036-81, p. 1-23. Issn: 0278-7407.
  • Cavozzi, C., et al., New materials for analogue experiments: Preliminary tests of magnetorheological fluids. Tectonophysics, Volume 630, 3 September 2014, Pages 131-136, ISSN 0040-1951
  • F.Bezerra, D. F Rossetti, R. G Oliveira, W. E Medeiros,. B. B Brito Neves, F. Balsamo, F. C Nogueira, E. L Dantas, C. Andrades Filho, A. M Goes (2014). Neotectonic reactivation of shear zones and implications for faulting style and geometry in the continental margin of NE Brazil. Tectonophysics, (2014) Tectonophysics, v. 614, p. 78-90.
  • G. Vignaroli, L. Aldega, F. Balsamo, A. Billi, A.A. De Benedetti, L. De Filippis, G. Giordano, F. Rossetti, (in press).A way to hydrothermal paroxysm, Colli Albani Volcano, Italy. Geological Society of America Bulletin, first published on November 6, 2014, doi:10.1130/B31139.1.


  • BALSAMO F., BEZERRA F.H.R., VIEIRA M.M., STORTI F. (2013). Structural control on the formation of iron oxide concretions and Liesegang bands in faulted, poorly lithified Cenozoic sandstones of the Paraíba basin, Brazil. GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA BULLETIN, 913-931, 125.
  • STORTI F., ALDEGA L., BALSAMO F., CORRADO S., DI PAOLO L., MASTALERZ M., MONACO P., TALLINI M. (2013). Evidence for strong middle Pleistocene earthquakes in the epicentral area of the 6 April 2009 L’Aquila seismic event from sediment paleofluidization and overconsolidation. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH, doi:10.1002/jgrb 50254, 3767-3784, 118.
  • Clément Perrin, Luca Clemenzi, Jacques Malavieille, Giancarlo Molli, Alfredo Taboada, and Stéphane Dominguez. Impact of erosion and décollements on large-scale faulting and folding in orogenic wedges: analogue models and case studies Journal of the Geological Society, first published on September 30, 2013, doi:10.1144/jgs2013-012.
  • Storti F., Aldega L., Balsamo F., Corrado S., Di Paolo L., Mastalerz M., Monaco P., & Tallini M. (2013) – Evidence for strong middle Pleistocene earthquakes in the epicentral area of the 6 April 2009 L’Aquila seismic event from sediment paleofluidization and overconsolidation. Journal of Geophysical Research, 118, doi:10.1002/jgrb 50254, pag. 3767-3784. Issn: 0148-0227.
  • Yago Nestola,Fabrizio Storti,Enrico Bedogni and Cristian Cavozzi. Shape evolution and finite deformation pattern in analogue experiments of lithosphere necking. Geophysical Research Letters DOI: 10.1002/grl.50978  Volume 40, Issue 19, pages 5052–5057, 16 October 2013
  • A. Cappelletti, F.Tsikalas, Y.Nestola, C.Cavozzi, A. Argnani, M.Meda, F.Salvi .Impact of lithospheric heterogeneities on continental rifting evolution: Constraints from analogue modelling on South Atlantic margins. Tectonophysics 608 (2013) 30–50


  • TAVANI S., STORTI F., BAUSÀ J., MUÑOZ J. A. (2012). Late thrusting extensional collapse at the mountain front of the Northern Apennines (Italy).TECTONICS, TC4019, doi:10.1029/2011TC003059, 31.
  • BALSAMO F., STORTI F., GRÖCKE D. (2012). Fault-related fluid flow history in shallow marine sediments from carbonate concretions, Crotone basin, south Italy. JOURNAL OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY, LONDON, 613-626, 169.


  • BALSAMO F., STORTI F. (2011). Size-dependent comminution, tectonic mixing, and sealing behaviour of a “structurally oversimplifies” fault zone in poorly lithified sands: evidence for a coseismic rupture? GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA BULLETIN, 601-619, 123.
  • STORTI F., BALSAMO F., CAPPANERA F., TOSI G. (2011). Sub-seismic scale fracture pattern and in situ permeabilità data in the chalk atop of the Krempe salt ridge at Lägerdorf, NW Germany: inferences on synfolding stress field variations and their impact on fracture connectivity. MARINE AND PETROLEUM GEOLOGY, 1315-1332, 28.


  • COSTA, E., CAVOZZI, C. AND DOGLIONI, N. (2010) Coupled passive extension and compression on salt-based passive margins analyzed by physical models, in Quaternary carbonate and evaporite sedimentary facies and their ancient analogues: A Tribute to Douglas James Shearman (eds C. G. St.C. Kendall, A. S. Alsharhan, I. Jarvis and T. Stevens), John Wiley & Sons Ltd., Chichester, West Sussex, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444392326.ch17
  • BALSAMO F.; STORTI F. (2010). Grain size and permeability evolution of soft-sediment extensional sub-seismic and seismic fault zones in high-porosity sediments from the Crotone basin, southern Apennines, Italy. MARINE AND PETROLEUM GEOLOGY, 822-837, 27.
  • TAVANI S.; STORTI F.; MUÑOZ J. A. (2010). Scaling relationship between pressure solution cleavage spacing and host-layer thickness. JOURNAL OF STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY, 278-287, 32.
  • STORTI F.; BALSAMO F. (2010). Impact of ephemeral cataclastic fabrics on laser diffraction particle size distribution analysis in loose carbonate fault breccia. JOURNAL OF STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY, 507-522, 32.
  • RUCH J.; ACOCELLA V.; STORTI F.; NERI M.; PEPE S.; SOLARO G.; SANSOSTI E. (2010). Detachment depth revealed by rollover deformation: an integrated approach at Mt. Etna. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, L16304, doi:10.1029/2010GL044131, 37.
  • BALSAMO F.; STORTI F.; LIMA C.; SALVINI F.; SILVA A. (2010). Structural and petrophysical characterization of extensional fault zones in poorly lithified, low porosity sandstones of the Barreiras Formation, NE Brazil. JOURNAL OF STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY, 1806-1826, 32.


  • TAVANI S.; STORTI F.; SALVINI, F.; TOSCANO, C. (2008). Stratigraphic versus structural control on the deformation pattern associated with the evolution of the Mt. Catria anticline, Italy. JOURNAL OF STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY, 664-681, 30.
  • STORTI F.; BALESTRIERI M. L.; .BALSAMO F.; ROSSETTI F. (2008). Structural and thermochronological constraints to the evolution of the West Antarctic Rift System in central Victoria Land. TECTONICS, TC4012, doi:10.1029/2006TC002066, 27.


  • STORTI F.; SOTO MARIN R.; ROSSETTI F.; CASAS SAINZ A. (2007). Evolution of experimental thrust wedges accreted from along-strike tapered, silicone-floored multilayers. JOURNAL OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY, London, 73-85, 164.
  • STORTI F.; SALVINI F.; ROSSETTI F.; PHIPPS MORGAN, J. (2007). Intraplate termination of transform faulting within the Antarctic continent. EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE LETTERS, 115-126, 260.
  • LUGLI S., DOMINICI R., BARONE M., CAVOZZI C, COSTA E., (2007). Messinian  halite and residual facies in the Crotone Basin (Calabria, Italy) In "Evaporites through  space and time", B.C. Schreiber, S. Lugli and M. Babel (eds), Geological Society,  London, Special Publications, 285, 155-164.
  • STORTI F.; BALSAMO F.; SALVINI F. (2007). Particle shape evolution in natural carbonate granular wear material. TERRA NOVA, 344-352, 19.


  • COSTA E., DOMINICI R., LUGLI S., CAVOZZI C, DI STEFANO A., GENNARI R., IACCARINO S.M., MANZI V., ROVERI M. (2006) The tectonic sedimentary evolution  of the Northern Crotone basin, Italy ACTA NATURALIA De “L’Ateneo Parmense”, 42-2,
  • STORTI F.; ROSSETTI F.; LAÜFER A.; SALVINI F. (2006). Consistent kinematic architecture in the damage zones of intraplate strike-slip fault systems in North Victoria Land, Antarctica and implications for fault zone evolution. JOURNAL OF STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY, 50-63, 28.
  • TAVANI S.; STORTI F.; SALVINI F. (2006). Double-edge fault-propagation folding: geometry and kinematics. JOURNAL OF STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY, 19-35, 28.
  • TAVANI S.; STORTI F.; FERNANDEZ, O.; MUÑOZ, J. A.; SALVINI F. (2006). 3-D deformation pattern analysis and evolution of the Añisclo anticline, southern Pyrenees. JOURNAL OF STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY, 695-712, 28.
  • SCHREURS, G.; BUITER, S. J. H.; BOUTELIER, D.; CORTI, G.; COSTA, E.; CRUDEN, A. R.; DANIEL, J.-M.; HOTH, S.; KOYI, H. A.; KUKOWSKI, N.; LOHRMANN, J.; RAVAGLIA, A.; SCHLISCHE, R. W.; WITHJACK, M. O.; YAMADA, Y.; CAVOZZI, C.; DELVENTISETTE, C.; ELDER BRADY, J. A.; HOFFMANN-ROTHE, A.; MENGUS, J.-M.; MONTANARI, D.; NILFOROUSHAN, F. Analogue benchmarks of shortening and extension experiments In: Analogue and Numerical Modelling of Crustal-Scale Processes Ed.: Buiter, S. J. H.; Schreurs, G. London : Geological Society 2006. 1-27 p. Geological Society special publication ; 253


  • PETRAGLIA A., TOMASELLI M., BORGHI M.L., CAVOZZI C, BOLPAGNI R. (2005) – Flora e  vegetazione della Riserva Naturale orientata della Parma Morta (Italia settentrionale).  L’Ateneo Parmense, Acta Naturalia, 41, 1/2, 5  34.
  • TAVANI S.; STORTI F.; SALVINI F. (2005). Rounding hinges to fault-bend folding: geometric and kinematic implications. JOURNAL OF STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY, 3-22, 27.


  • BILLI A.; STORTI F. (2004). Fractal distributions of particle size in carbonate cataclastic rocks from the core of a regional strike-slip fault. TECTONOPHYSICS, 115-128, 384.


  • STORTI F.; BILLI A.; SALVINI F. (2003). Particle size distributions in natural carbonate fault rocks: insights for non self-similar cataclasis. EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE LETTERS, 173-186, 206.


  • SALVINI F.; STORTI F. (2002). Three-dimensional architecture of growth strata associated to fault-bend, fault-propagation, and decollement anticlines in non-erosional environments. SEDIMENTARY GEOLOGY, 57-73, 146.


  • STORTI F.; SALVINI F. (2001). Fault re-activation, fracture patterns, and cataclasite development in the carbonate rocks of the Narni Anticline. The evolution of a model trap structure in the Apennines, Italy. JOURNAL OF PETROLEUM GEOLOGY, 171-190, 24.
  • SALVINI F.; STORTI F.; MCCLAY K. (2001). Self-determining numerical modeling of compressional fault-bend folding. GEOLOGY, 839-842, 29.
  • STORTI F.; ROSSETTI F.; SALVINI F. (2001). Structural architecture and displacement accommodation mechanisms at the termination of the Priestley Fault, northern Victoria Land, Antarctica. TECTONOPHYSICS, 141-161, 341.


  • STORTI F.; SALVINI F.; MCCLAY K. (2000). Synchronous and velocity-partitioned thrusting, and thrust polarity reversal in experimentally produced, doubly-vergent thrust wedges: Implications for natural orogens. TECTONICS, 378-396, 19



  • STORTI F.; SALVINI F.; MCCLAY K. (1997). Fault-related folding in sandbox analogue models of thrust wedges. JOURNAL OF STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY, 583-602, 19.
  • STORTI F.; POBLET J. (1997). Growth stratal architectures associated to decollement folds and fault-propagation folds. Inferences on fold kinematics. TECTONOPHYSICS, 353-373, 282.
  • SALVINI F.; BRANCOLINI G.; BUSETTI M.; STORTI F.; MAZZARINI F.; COREN F. (1997). Cenozoic geodynamics of the Ross Sea Region, Antarctica: Crustal extension, intraplate strike-slip faulting and tectonic inheritance. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH, 24.669-24.696, 102.


  • STORTI F. (1995). Tectonics of the Punta Bianca Promontory: Insights for the evolution of the Northern Apennines, Northern Tyrrhenian Sea basin. TECTONICS, 832-847, 14.
  • STORTI F.; MCCLAY K. (1995). The influence of sedimentation on the growth of thrust wedges in analogue models. GEOLOGY, 999-1003, 23.
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