Da Vinci Press Announces Geologist-Author of "Tweeting Da Vinci" Ann C. Pizzorusso to Speak at Society of Italian Geologists Conference in Naples, Italy

Napoli, Italy, September 01, 2016 --(PR.com)-- Geologist and author of "Tweeting da Vinci," Ann C. Pizzorusso will speak at the Society of Italian Geologists conference in Naples, Italy on September 9, 2016. The congress, which will be held from September 6-10, 2016 will bring together over 800 geologists from all over the world.

Pizzorusso will speak on the topic of "Leonardo da Vinci:Cartographer." Da Vinci was an ardent observer of the Earth's topography, depicting it precisely in his paintings and, by using surveying instruments he developed, produced a variety of maps which were extraordinarily accurate and precursors to modern ones.

Leonardo's maps were remarkable not only for their geographic accuracy, but because they influenced modern day map-making by the dark shading of mountains and careful attention to rivers, lakes, valleys and towns. His alpine maps capture the geology of the area so precisely that rock types as well as mountain peaks can be identified.

As da Vinci traveled, he made a series of maps to be used for military purposes. They included geological and topographical information, vital for developing battle plans. Many of them survive today, including geographic sketches of the entire Piombino coastline, "The Arno River and its Watersheads" with its extraordinary aerial perspective, showing the river, with its vein-like tributaries and intricate drainage patterns curving its way through the mountains near Pisa down to the marshlands of the Chiana Valley and one of the "City of Imola." The unprecedented accuracy of this first ichnographic map, based on his odometer readings, was critical, as Imola was an important military base. His lifelong map production had an unexpected result: they established da Vinci as a master of cartography, and inventor of the Google Map.

About "Tweeting da Vinci:" A multi-gold medal winning book which explores how the geology of Italy influenced its art, architecture, religion, medicine, literature and just about everything else.

About the Geological Society of Italy (Societa' Geologica Italiana-SGI): Founded in Bologna the 29th of September 1881. It is the most representative scientific association of geosciences in Italy, and it is one of the oldest in the world. The aim of SGI is the advancement, promotion and dissemination of geological knowledge and its related theoretical and applied aspects. The Geological Society of Italy has the oldest library of Earth Sciences in the country, having about 30,000 volumes of journals, monographs, conference proceedings, national and international geological maps. It also publishes the "Italian Journal of Geosciences."
Christine O'Donald