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Serie correlación geológica

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SPALLETTI, Luis A. Notes on the life and work of Dr. Egidio Feruglio. Ser. correl. geol. [online]. 2008, n.24, pp.179-194. ISSN 1666-9479.

Egidio Feruglio was born on 1 September 1897 at the family home of Feletto Umberto, Tavagnacco county, Udine, Italy. From his teenage years, Egidio Feruglio had held a keen interest in geology and geomorphology, becoming involved in the Udine's Speleological Society. After the end of the World War I, in which he served as an officer of the Italian Army, and at the age of twenty two years old, he earned his geologist degree in the University of Florence. While at Udine, he worked as a geologist in the Hydrographic and Agricultural Departments. Between 1922 and 1925 he served as assistant professor in the University of Cagliari. Egidio Feruglio was not a politician, but he had strong democratic principles. When Benito Mussolini suspended de political activities and removed politically suspect employees (including university professors) from their jobs unless they had demonstrated loyalty to fascism, Feruglio decided to accept a position in the Dirección de Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales (the National Oil Copany) of Argentina. Between 1925 and 1928 he worked as a regional geologist in southern Argentina (Patagonia). In 1928 he returned to Italy and married Amelia Magrini, with whom he would have two children, Ana Eugenia and Arturo. In 1929 he went back to Argentina to lead the Geologic Group of the San Jorge Gulf Basin in Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales (YPF). In 1932 he relocated again in Italy as a professor in the University of Bologna, but in 1934 he decided to return to YPF until 1940, when he accepted a professor position in the University of Cuyo (Mendoza), where he organized the Petroleum Institute (1943). After the end of the World War II and the creation of the Italian Republic the Feruglios decided to move back to Italy. Since 1948 Egidio became professor of Geology of the University of Turin, but the death of his young son Arturo profoundly grieved him. He decided then to move to the University of Rome. However, early in 1954 he settled back in his natal place where he died on 14 July at the age of fifty six years old.From 1926 to 1957 (three years after his death) Feruglio published a large number of contributions on regional geology, stratigraphy, paleontology, geomorphology and Quaternary geology of Argentina, as well as several papers on its orography and glaciology. The main focus of his regional research was the south of Argentina and his monumental work entitled Descripción Geológica de la Patagonia resumes years of field work and data collection. This book was published by YPF in three volumes, between 1949 and 1950. It constitutes a detailed synthesis of the geology, paleontology, geomorphology and geography of the southern territories of Argentina. Far from a merely description, Ferugio realized valuable and well supported interpretations that demonstrated that he had a clear view of the problems of geology and the determination to solve them.Egidio Feruglio was one of the most prominent geologists of Argentina. For early on he discovered his love for Earth Sciences. He enjoyed geology as a whole, since he was able to combine basic research with valuable works on hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation.

Palabras clave : Feruglio; Patagonia; Argentina; Geology.

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