Mid- to late-Holocene sea-level evolution of the northeastern Aegean sea

  • We combined biostratigraphical analyses, archaeological surveys, and Glacial Isostatic Adjustment (GIA) models to provide new insights into the relative sea-level evolution in the northeastern Aegean Sea (eastern Mediterranean). In this area, characterized by a very complex tectonic pattern, we produced a new typology of sea-level index point, based on the foraminiferal associations found in transgressive marine facies. Our results agree with the sea-level history previously produced in this region, therefore confirming the validity of this new type of index point. The expanded dataset presented in this paper further demonstrates a continuous Holocene RSL rise in this portion of the Aegean Sea. Comparing the new RSL record with the available geophysical predictions of sea-level evolution indicates that the crustal subsidence of the Samothraki Plateau and the North Aegean Trough played a major role in controlling millennial-scale sea-level evolution in the area. This major subsidence rate needs to be taken into account in the preparation of local future scenarios of sea-level rise in the coming decades.
Author:Martin Seeliger, Anna Pint, Peter Frenzel, Nick Marriner, Giorgio Spada, Matteo Vacchi, Sait Başaran, Anca Dan, Friederike Seeger, Katharina Seeger, Thomas Schmidts, Helmut Brückner
Parent Title (English):The Holocene
Place of publication:Los Angeles, Calif. [u.a.]
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2021/06/28
Date of first Publication:2021/06/28
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2022/03/01
Tag:Meriç River; RSL curve; archeological sea-level limiting points; foraminifers; sea-level indicator
Page Number:14
First Page:1621
Last Page:1634
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Financial support was granted to HB (DFG ref. no. BR 877/31-1, -2) and to TS (SCHM 2831/2-1, -2) by the German Research Foundation and to AD (CNRS, Paris; project “Legecartas”). GS is funded by an FFABR (Finanziamento delle Attività Base di Ricerca) grant of the MIUR (Ministero dell’Istruzione, Ministerio dell’Università e della Ricerca) and by a DiSPeA (Dipartimento di Scienze Pure e Applicate dell’Università di Urbino) research grant.
Institutes:Geowissenschaften / Geographie / Geowissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 55 Geowissenschaften, Geologie / 550 Geowissenschaften
9 Geschichte und Geografie / 91 Geografie, Reisen / 910 Geografie, Reisen
9 Geschichte und Geografie / 93 Geschichte des Altertums (bis ca. 499), Archäologie / 930 Geschichte des Altertums bis ca. 499, Archäologie
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0