Thursday, December 5, 2013

Rome will map labyrinthine tunnels to avoid collapse of current city

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Geologists and archaeologists are to map and document the labyrinthine tunnels of ancient Rome, an essential initiative to ensure that the current city not lapse for their catacombs. Most of the work is being carried out by geologists from George Mason University in Washington, and the Centre of Speloegarchaelogical Research, of Rome, and seeks to explore the underground networks of the eternal city.

The project will start in the area southeast of the city, according to LiveScience, and will produce a detailed map of the quarries that will be used to reach the areas most at risk. These tunnels were dug by the Romans, in order to use the volcanic rock to build the city, but the channels were becoming smaller.

The city authorities are worried about the possible collapse of some of the modern buildings, a remote idea what ever happened to 83 times this year alone, the city structures â€" from small sections of buildings the streets.

According to Kysar Mattietti Giuseppina geologist, this mapping is critical, since, over the years, locals worried only cover these holes. Now, and through 3D scanning, scientists can understand where are the weakest parts of the tunnels, going into holes that you know to be safe.

Rome was built on top of a volcanic rock, which is strong but easy to dig. Many of the early buildings of the city were built with these volcanic materials.

At the same time, the tunnels have been used to grow mushrooms, for ad-hoc sewage systems, catacombs and even bomb shelters during the second world war.

"It is very interesting. When you're down there, sometimes we could hear people talking up here, "explained Mattietti.

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