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Geomorphological Signature of Late Pleistocene Sea Level Oscillations in Torre Guaceto Marine Protected Area (Adriatic Sea, SE Italy)

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Environmental Surveys Srl, Via Dario Lupo 65, 74121 Taranto, Italy
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Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra e Geoambientali, Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”, Via Edoardo Orabona 4, 70125 Bari, Italy
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Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università di Pisa, Via Santa Maria 53, 56126 Pisa, Italy
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CIRSEC, Center for Climate Change Impact, University of Pisa, Via del Borghetto 80, 56124 Pisa, Italy
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Consorzio di Gestione di Torre Guaceto, Via Sant’Anna 6, 72012 Carovigno (Brindisi), Italy
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Water 2019, 11(11), 2409; https://doi.org/10.3390/w11112409
Received: 10 September 2019 / Revised: 11 November 2019 / Accepted: 12 November 2019 / Published: 16 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Landscapes and Landforms of Terrestrial and Marine Areas)
Morphostratigraphy is a useful tool to reconstruct the sequence of processes responsible for shaping the landscape. In marine and coastal areas, where landforms are only seldom directly recognizable given the difficulty to have eyewitness of sea-floor features, it is possible to correlate geomorphological data derived from indirect surveys (marine geophysics and remote sensing) with data obtained from direct ones performed on-land or by scuba divers. In this paper, remote sensing techniques and spectral images allowed high-resolution reconstruction of both morpho-topography and morpho-bathymetry of the Torre Guaceto Marine Protected Area (Italy). These data were used to infer the sequence of climatic phases and processes responsible for coastal and marine landscape shaping. Our data show a number of relict submerged surfaces corresponding to distinct phases of erosional/depositional processes triggered by the late-Quaternary interglacial–glacial cycles. In particular, we observed the presence of submerged marine terraces, likely formed during MIS 5–MIS 3 relative highstand phases. These geomorphic features, found at depths of ~26–30, ~34–38, and ~45–56 m, represent important evidence of past sea-level variations. View Full-Text
Keywords: morphostratigraphy; sea-level changes; marine terraces; river incisions; Adriatic Sea morphostratigraphy; sea-level changes; marine terraces; river incisions; Adriatic Sea
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De Giosa, F.; Scardino, G.; Vacchi, M.; Piscitelli, A.; Milella, M.; Ciccolella, A.; Mastronuzzi, G. Geomorphological Signature of Late Pleistocene Sea Level Oscillations in Torre Guaceto Marine Protected Area (Adriatic Sea, SE Italy). Water 2019, 11, 2409. https://doi.org/10.3390/w11112409

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De Giosa F, Scardino G, Vacchi M, Piscitelli A, Milella M, Ciccolella A, Mastronuzzi G. Geomorphological Signature of Late Pleistocene Sea Level Oscillations in Torre Guaceto Marine Protected Area (Adriatic Sea, SE Italy). Water. 2019; 11(11):2409. https://doi.org/10.3390/w11112409

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De Giosa, Francesco, Giovanni Scardino, Matteo Vacchi, Arcangelo Piscitelli, Maurilio Milella, Alessandro Ciccolella, and Giuseppe Mastronuzzi. 2019. "Geomorphological Signature of Late Pleistocene Sea Level Oscillations in Torre Guaceto Marine Protected Area (Adriatic Sea, SE Italy)" Water 11, no. 11: 2409. https://doi.org/10.3390/w11112409

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