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Vallone S¨vero

Vallone S¨vero (or S¨varo) is the most interesting of the two branches that make the upper Manzella creek: a long canyon featuring some falls, deep pools, stately narrows.

You can descend S¨vero as a standalone route, or you can concatenate it to Giglietto narrow and lower Manzella to make one of the most challenging canyoning routes in the area.

Name Vallone S¨vero
Area Calabria
Nearest village Pallagorio
Elevation loss 180 m
Length 3 km
Highest cascade 37 m
Rock Conglomerate
Shuttle Recommended
Explored by Michele Angileri, Saverio Talerico; January 2nd 2023


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I remember ...

The first days of the new year looked like spring: sunny days, 20 Celsius degrees, green leaves on oak trees, ...

"Spring" Christmases also happened when I was a child, I remember, but no one paid much attention to that: it may happen!
Today we are all aware that world is getting hotter, global warming is now evident also because of the massive information campaign aimed at limiting the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere: CO2 and methane. Attention is actually focused on CO2, which in itself has much less of a greenhouse effect than an equal quantity of methane (20-30 times less), but once released into the atmosphere remains there much longer (it is estimated about 50 times longer than methane). Greenhouse gas concentrations have increased in the last century, because of exponential increase in industrial activities and the use of fossil fuels.
There is no doubt that increasing greenhouse gases contribute to global warming. There is also no doubt that the temperatures of planet Earth have been increasing during the last millennia, since the end of the last ice age. A few millennia ago there were glaciers even in the mountains of Calabria, and ice caps covered a great part of northern Europe ...

There are two global warming phenomena underway. One, of natural origin, is inevitable: it began millennia ago and perhaps will continue, or perhaps (who knows) it will change sign giving rise to a global cooling which might even lead us to a new ice age... The other phenomenon that causes global warming has anthropic origin, so it could be avoided, but this would require deep changes in the organization and economy of our society.
A profound rethink in society's organization and economy is however indispensable: the exploitation of natural resources occurs at a no longer sustainable rate, causing environment poisoning, climate changes, energy and food crisis.

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