Si Trova: in territorio di Paternò, in prossimità del Simeto
Lat: 37° 34' 4.763727" N - Long: 14° 51' 52.18771" E
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The mud craters of Paternò are an interesting geological-naturalistic area characterized by a phenomenon of secondary volcanism, with the escape of gas, water and mud, which recalls lunar landscapes.
The formation of salinellas is dated to the 6th millennium BC and seems to be closely linked to the activities of Etna.
There are three main sites; this is called "Salinelle del Fiume" because they rise near the bank of the Simeto river; a larger salt pan in the territory of Paternò is called "Salinella dei Cappuccini", or "Dello Stadio" because it is located near the sports field.
A third mud crater, the salt of San Biagio, is located in the territory of Belpasso, but not far from Paternò.
The Salinelle del Fiume from the morphological point of view have a soil of volcanic origin, and are not characterized by natural phenomena of particular relevance, but by erosion.
They have a rather limited area and a not very intense activity which occurs with the formation of superficial poles with crater rim, from whose central duct comes out mud.
A large quantity of reddish deposits indicates the presence of water that is considerably rich in iron.
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