The magredi: the lean lands of Pordenone

Magredi

The magredi: the lean lands of Pordenone


The Cellina-Meduna magredi are located in the western part of the high Friulana Plain, from Montereale Valcellina to Maniago and extending to Cordenons and Pordenone. Magredo means sluggish ground, arid and poor of water for the presence of rocks, although the precipitation regime makes Friuli Venezia Giulia one of the most rainy regions of Italy.
The phenomenon that originates in this particular territory is the deposit during the centuries of rocks eroded by upstream rivers and the resulting collapse in the soil of the Meduna and Cellina rivers that literally descend deeply to feed the aquifers and then reappear more downstream.

Certainly the rocks (claps in Friulian) are the most characteristic element of magredi, which give rise to the exceptional singularity of this environment, its particular microclimate and consequently the plant landscape and its fauna components. In addition to the stones, the magredi environment is characterized by large grasslands composed mostly of grasses and small shrubs such as rouge and canine rose.