Sea–land geology of Marettimo (Egadi Islands, central Mediterranean sea)

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Abstract

We present a 1:10,000 scale geological map of Marettimo Island and its offshore (Egadi Archipelago, central Mediterranean Sea). The map was achieved by integrating a new geological survey with data from recent, marine, geological and geophysical surveys acquired along the adjacent continental shelf. The island is composed of a Mesozoic, mostly carbonate platform succession, which is overlain by continental to coastal marine Quaternary deposits. Extensional tectonics have affected the carbonate platform since the Late Triassic producing an initial increase of accommodation space that was filled by interbed breccias, marls and calcareous marls. During the Jurassic, a NE-SW-directed normal fault-bounded structural lows where thick beds of megabreccias accumulated followed upwards by cherty limestone and bedded cherts. During the building of the chain, the compressional tectonics generated a southeast-verging tectonic wedge, displaced by subsequent transpression. During the Quaternary, repeated sea-level changes shaped a rough erosional surface along the inner shelf and controlled the lateral facies variation of the continental and marine coastal deposits along the present day coastline.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1093-1103
Numero di pagine11
RivistaJournal of Maps
Volume12
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2016

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)

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