River hiking - River Panaro (Northern Italy) - part two

River hiking - River Panaro (Northern Italy) - part two

About my walk along the riverbed of Panaro I have already written here


Last week I grab a couple of tens minutes and get in the same river near the city of Vignola. Unluckily the battery of my camera was out of order, so I could only use my phone.

Here is a bridge that some decades ago collapsed due to a strong flood of the river. Nowadays a sort of concrete crossbar protects the piles of the new bridge from erosion.


The artificial water jump has also been used to build a small electric plant as is testified by the water foam visible in the background (it is not due to pollution, but caused by an artificial waterfall exiting from the plant).  


When I got to the place the water was almost transparent as it hadn't rained for a few weeks. 


I walked on the riverbed for hundreds of meters until a point where the river stream deviates from a bank to the opposite one where I couldn't go on. Many gravels, cobbles, and pebbles are present either on the bed or on the banks.


Where the erosion has taken away all the pebbles and gravels, marine blue clay (about 2-3 million years age) outcrop: they are full of fossils shells.


If you are not interested in so old things, there is an interesting castle nearby.


All the pictures were taken by me with the phone camera.





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