Sea level rise in the Mediterranean Sea: High resolution constraints from vermetid reefs

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Abstract

The Mediterranean Sea (MS), is extremely sensitive to rising sea-levels (SL) as attested by drowned archeological remains from the Roman Period. Due to theabsence of coral reefs, evidence for recent and Holocene SL change has so far mainly been restricted to coastal cores archeologicalremains and submerged speleothem deposits. Vermetid reefs are an extremely sensitive high resolution carbonate archive and they are mainly formed in the lower intertidal zone by gregarious and sessile gastropods belonging to the genus Dendropoma (family Vermetidae). Since their interval of growth is restricted to the tidal zone, they can be used as precise SL proxies (about ±0.1 m in lowrange tidal areas). Here, we report new SL data covering two time-windows: between 2,380 and 1,520 years cal BP and during the last 300 yrs. These data have been obtained from two quasi-stable areas of the Western MS: S. Vito Lo Capo (N Sicily, Italy)and Cabo de Gata(SE Spain), opening new perspectives to understand the response of the global changes on this semienclosed basin.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)A1222-A1222
Number of pages1
JournalGEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA
Volume73
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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