A GUIDED TOUR OF THE SHAPLEY CONCENTRATION SUPERCLUSTER
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Rich superclusters are ideal laboratories, where to study
the formation of rich clusters of galaxies. In fact, the enhanced
peculiar valocities induced by the local overdensity and the
(relatively) small volumes involved, increase the cross section for
cluster-cluster and cluster-group collisions. In order to
study the in detail the merging phenomenon and its astrophysical
consequences, it is important to perform an extensive multiwavelength
survey of the supercluster. We have studied the extension, the
overdensity in galaxies of the supercluster and the properties
of galaxies in the optical, X-ray and radio bands.