VIA DEI VULCANI DI FANGO

THE NATURAL RESERVE SALSE DI NIRANO

The Natural Reserve “Salse di Nirano” is an important geological complex of international relevance, it is a

typical example of tourism and environment promotion.

Salse di Nirano comes from hydrocarbon deposits which mainly consist of methane (gas bubbles) and in a

minor part of liquid (petrol) which, rising through the surface, dissolve the clay and create the typical small

cone-shaped volcanoes craters.

Inside these defined cones the emissions of mud mixed with the hydrocarbon seem to be boiling, but they

actually flow out of the cones at room temperature. Besides, they are salty and that is the reason why they

are called “Salse”.

Salse di Nirano complex is with no doubt the most impressive phenomenon of this nature in the whole

country, its relevance is underlined by the interest that historians and academics have always enhanced by

addressing it with a variety of colourful remarks and fanciful observations since ancient times.

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