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Holocene Evolution of the Burano Paleo-Lagoon (Southern Tuscany, Italy)

by 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 5,*, 1, 6,7, 8, 3, 9, 10, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 5
Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research, ISPRA, Department for the Geological Survey of Italy, 00144 Rome, Italy
AIGeo, Italian Association of Physical Geography and Geomorphology, c/o Department of Earth Sciences, Sapienza, University of Rome, 00185 Rome, Italy
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Florence, 50121 Florence, Italy
Institute of Environmental Geology and Geoengineering, CNR, c/o Department of Earth Sciences, Sapienza, University of Rome, 00185 Rome, Italy
Department of Earth Sciences, Sapienza, University of Rome, 00185 Rome, Italy
Department of Physical sciences, Earth and environment University of Siena, 53100 Siena, Italy
Institute of Geosciences and Earth resources, CNR, c/o Research Area of Pisa, 1–56124 Pisa, Italy
Faculty of Geology and Geoenvironment Department of Historical Geology and Paleontology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 15784 Athens, Greece
Laboratoire Image Ville Environnement (LIVE), UMR 7362, University of Strasbourg, Faculté de Géographie et d’Aménagement, 67083 Strasbourg CEDEX, France
Archéorient, UMR 5133 Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique/Université of Lyon 2, 7 rue Raulin, 69007 Lyon, France
Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Albert-Ludwigs, University of Freiburg, 79104 Freiburg, Germany
CNRS, French National Centre for Scientific Research, UMR 5138 ArAr, Lumière University Lyon 2, Claude Bernard University Lyon 1, 69622 Villeurbanne, France
Department of Earth Sciences, Marine Palynology and Paleoceanography, Utrecht University, 3584 CB Utrecht, The Netherlands
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Water 2020, 12(4), 1007;
Submission received: 3 February 2020 / Revised: 20 March 2020 / Accepted: 26 March 2020 / Published: 1 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Relative Sea-Level Changes and their Impact on Coastal Zones)


The study of Burano paleo-lagoon—Wetland of International Value, has allowed us to better define and extend the reconstruction of the Holocene paleoenvironmental evolution of the paleo-lagoons previously studied, located on the Tyrrhenian coast in central Italy. The investigated area is located in Southern Tuscany near the Burano Lake. The area was investigated by means of field surveys, historical maps, 16 coring, sedimentological, palynological and microfaunal analyses (foraminifera and ostracods), combined with robust geochronological control provided by 52 datings (14C and OSL). The study allowed us to reconstruct the environmental and morphological evolution of the Burano paleo-lagoon during the last 8000 years and to hypothesize a Rise Sea Level (RSL) curve. In this context, 5 main evolutionary phases have been recognized. (1) before 7.5 ka BP in the southern-eastern part, an open lagoon developed; (2) ~6 ka BP a barrier-lagoon system develops throughout the entire area and the lagoon progressively changed from open to closed one; (3) ~5 ka BP the width of the lagoon increases and a lacustrine facies appears along the entire axis of the coastal basin; (4) ~4 ka BP the lacustrine facies shows a discontinuous distribution respect to the previous phase; (5) during the last 4 ka the lacustrine facies disappear and the lagoon turns into a wetland area.

1. Introduction

Although lagoons are environments that develop and become extinct in geologically short times, their sediments often constitute an important data archive relating to rapid events of considerable impact on the coastal area, which can also derive from variations on a global scale. The morphological and dynamic characteristics of the lagoons are extremely variable [1] according to the regional setting, tidal range and sediment availability. The development and evolution of the Holocene lagoons, mostly still active, were strongly influenced by the glacioeustatic sea level rise. During this period, in many cases the lagoons first developed within an incised valley [2] when the transgressive phase was still active. Later, they changed in shape, size and hydrodynamic characters when they reached almost sea level still stand [3,4,5,6,7,8]. Even shorter-term climatic variations [9] have often influenced the lagoon systems due to changes in coastal hydrodynamics and freshwater inflow [10,11].
The Tyrrhenian coast of the central Italian Peninsula (Figure 1), prone to a microtidal regime, is characterized by differently developed Holocene beach-dune systems bordering landward small-depressed areas. Until the nineteenth century, these areas were constituted of wetlands, lakes and lagoons. The land reclamations, between the end of the nineteenth to the first half of the twentieth century, transformed some coastal basins into cultivated or urbanized back dune plains. However, in some cases wide coastal lakes such as the ones located in the Southern and Northern Latium (M. Circeo promontory and Lido di Tarquinia respectively) have persisted until today. The Holocene history of some of these plains, that are locally close to river mouths (i.e., Tiber and Garigliano), has also been studied because of their geoarchaeological and historical importance [12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19]. The study of the Burano paleo-lagoon has allowed us to better define and extend the reconstruction of the Holocene paleoenvironmental evolution of the paleo-lagoons previously studied along the Latium coast from the Campania to the Tuscany regions. The study is very relevant because, unlike the extensive literature on meso and macrotidal estuarine systems, it highlights the Holocene evolution of a microtidal lagoon system. This system evolved into a tectonically stable area, not influenced by the proximity of important river mouths.
Similar studies were conducted in other areas of the Mediterranean Sea characterized by the presence of Holocene deltas and/or the ancient ports [20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29].
This paper focuses on the Burano paleo-lagoon that until 1830, extended for about 13 km along the Southern Tuscany coast between the Chiarone River mouth and the Ansedonia Promontory (Figure 1). It was possible to access and carry out the surveys only in part of the area where the portion of the paleo-lagoon stretching parallel to the coast for about 8 km, partly to the WNW and partly to ESE of the present-day Burano Lake. After the reclamation, the Burano Lake is what remains of the ancient lagoon. The lake, together with the neighbouring areas, is part of a Natural State Reserve. The area is also a Site of Community Importance (SCI IT51A0031), a Special Protection Zone (SPZ IT51A0033) and a Wetland of International Value (Ramsar Conventions on Wetlands). The purpose of the study is the Holocene reconstruction of the Burano paleo-lagoon evolution by means of facies analysis and stratigraphic relationships of the sedimentary bodies. The acquired data also allow us to hypothesize an RSL rise curve.

2. Regional Setting

From a geological point of view, the study area falls inside a narrow coastal belt, where Quaternary marine-coastal sediments outcrop, confined to the N and NW by hills made up of the pre-Quaternary substrate, which is progressively downthrown seaward by normal faults. The substrate is made up of lithotypes of the Tuscan metamorphic basement, on which intensely deformed Meso-Cenozoic sedimentary units tectonically overlap (Ligurian l.s. and the Falda Toscana Auct. units) [30,31]. Upper Miocene sediments follow upwards [30,31,32]; these sediments were deposited during the extensional phase related to the opening of the Tyrrhenian basin [33] and references therein Ref. [34]. The development of Pleistocene Vulsino volcanism, which is a few tens of kilometres from the study area, is linked to the same extensional phase [31].

3. Materials and Methods

In order to reconstruct the Holocene evolution of the Burano paleo-lagoon, at first a geomorphological analysis was carried out. Successively stratigraphical, sedimentological and geochronological analyses were conducted on sixteen cores drilled in the area (Figure 1). Moreover, palynological and microfaunal analyses were performed on selected cores in base of their chronology and sedimentary features.

3.1. Geomorphology

Historical maps relative to nineteenth century, bibliographic-cartographic literature, satellite images (Google Earth 2018) and aerial photos (1990) and field surveys (2016–2017) were utilized for the geomorphological analysis of the study area.

3.2. Lithology

Mechanical drillings and sampling—12 percussion and 4 mechanical rotary cores were carried out. The first ones (label BU1-12) were drilled by means of a coring system produced by AFgtc s.r.l. [35,36]. Both equipment and technique were suitable for the recovering of continuous cores, in which the sedimentary structures were preserved. The cores are 4–5 m long except for the core BU2, which is only 0.80 m long. Its position coincides with BU3 and is not shown in Figure 1. The second ones (label LB1-4) were drilled by the Geoambiente soc. Coop. a.r.l. company, which performed archaeological cores for the Special authority for the archaeological heritage of Rome and several dozen geomorphological cores in the Tiber delta (ANR-POLTEVERE, ERC Portus-Limen). The mechanical drill-coring machine is equipped with a casing to prevent the hole from collapsing during the drilling operations. Sediment cores were retrieved and emptied without water by using a hydraulic extruder in order to avoid any kind of contamination and/or disturbance. This method provides continuous and deep core reaching depths between 6 and 15 m from the ground level. The lithology was described for all cores, considering a core stretching/shortening error, and sediment samples were collected for the sedimentological analyses. The samples were numbered indicating the depth in centimetres from the core top. SEM and diffractometric analyses were performed.

3.3. Geochronological Analysis

14C dating was carried on 22 samples from cores BU1, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, and 12. In LB cores, 25 AMS 14C and 5 datings by Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) were carried out.
In BU cores, dating was performed on plant remains ranging from herbs to variably altered woody debris, that had been previously decontaminated to remove carbonates, as well as acid- and alkali-soluble organics. The residues were then burned, and the resulting CO2 was used for the synthesis of benzene, the means for the 14C analysis using Liquid Scintillation Counting (LSC). The conventional ages, corrected for the C isotope fractionation to δ13C = −25‰ and calculated according to Stuiver & Polach [37], are reported in year BP (present time set at 1950). The conventional ages were calibrated according to Ref. [38]) and are given as calibrated years before the present (calibrated year BP). The uncertainties of both the conventional and calibrated ages are at the level of ± 1σ (i.e., 68% probability).
The radiocarbon datings relative to sediments in LB cores were mainly performed on Posidonia fibres, wood, plant remains and charcoal as well as occasionally on organic matter and shell. Charcoal and wood undergo an acid-base-acid pre-treatment (ABA). Posidonia, plant material and other organic matter are only treated with acid. Each acid or base wash is followed by several rinses with Merck Millipore MilliQ™ (Darmstadt, Germany) ultrapure deionized. After the final rinse, samples are dried prior the combustion. The standard pre-treatment method for shells involves surface cleaning by air abrasion with aluminium oxide powder to remove the outer surface and rinsing with ultrapure water. The sample is then dried. All glassware used is baked out at 500 °C prior to use for a minimum of 3 h to remove any organic contaminants. A few milligrams of the sample in solid form were placed in clean tin capsules and weighed. They were then combusted in an Thermo Finnigan Flash EA 1112 (San Jose, CA, United States) elemental NC analyser under a helium stream in the presence of copper oxide at 980 °C. The CO2 produced in the combustion or by reacting in vacuo with phosphoric acid for the shell, was transferred to a glass ampoule, which was then sealed and sent to the Laboratory for Carbon 14 Measurement (LMC14) at Saclay (France). There, the CO2 gas was reduced to solid graphite and measured by the Accelerator Mass Spectrometer or AMS (NEC tandem accelerator of 3MV), labelled "Artemis". The δ13 C values reflect the original isotopic composition in the sample only very roughly because the graphitisation process and the AMS spectrometer (unlike normal mass spectrometer) introduces significant isotopic fractionation.
Optical Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) dating of quartz extracts followed standard preparation techniques (chemical pretreatment, density separation, HF etching (cf. [39]). Measurements with the Single Aliquot Regenerative Dose (SAR) protocol [40] were done on a Freiberg Instruments Lexsyg Smart (Freiberg, Germany) device [41]. A preheat at 210 °C for 10 s was used and stimulation was for 50 s at 125 °C (detection at 380 nm). The distributions of the equivalent dose (De) expressed in grays (Gy), for most samples show a positive skewness, why the Minimum Age Model [42] was applied. For one sample (LB4), the De values spread from 50 Gy to more than 400 Gy without a distinct population and this sample is considered not datable. The concentration of dose-rate relevant elements was done by high-resolution gamma spectrometry (cf. [43]). Ages were calculated using ADELE-v2017 software (

3.4. Sedimentological Analysis

A total of 37 clastic sediment samples were taken from BU cores and analysed, except of BU2 core due to its short length.
A basic sedimentological description was carried out on all the cores, highlighting the main sedimentary structures. Sieving was carried out for the coarser fraction (0.074 mm), while the finest one was determined using the densiometric technique. Samples were classified based on gravel-sand-silt-clay ratio according to the Folk classification scheme [44]. Moreover, 136 non-organic sediment samples were also taken from LB cores. For their analysis, about 30 g of dry bulk sediment were deflocculated in 2.5% sodium hexametaphosphate solution for 24 h before being wet sieved (2 mm and 63 µm). The dried coarse (>2 mm) and sandy (2 mm to 63 µm) fractions were weighted and the fine fraction (<63 µm) calculated to discriminate textural groups (according to gravel-sand-mud triangular diagrams described by Folk [44]).

3.5. Microfaunal Analysis

Foraminiferal analyses were performed on BU1, 3, 5 and 7 cores, while Ostracoda were studied on samples from all LB cores.

3.5.1. Foraminifera

For this purpose, 21 samples from BU1, 14 samples from BU3, 32 samples from the BU5 and 30 from the BU7 cores were collected, with different sampling resolution, giving special emphasis on the lithological changes. For each sample, 50–100 g of sediment was soaked, treated with hydrogen peroxide, washed over a 63 μm sieve and then oven-dried at 50 °C. Qualitative analyses was conducted on all samples while quantitative and statistical analysis was very difficult to carry out for the scarcity of the foraminiferal content and the holigothipic feature characterizing the samples. In particular, quantitative analysis was performed when the fauna was sufficiently present and split in aliquots containing at least 200–300 benthic specimens. Species diversity was quantified considering the number of taxa occurred in the samples (S) [45] and, where the count was possible, Shannon Weaver (H) and Fisher α-index were calculated using the PAST (PAlaeontological STatistics) version 1.38 data analysis package [46]. In each sample, between 3 and 38 taxa were identified, most of them displaying very low frequencies (1–4 individuals/sample). For generic attributions of benthic foraminifera see Ref. [47]. Taxonomic identifications at species-level were based on [48,49,50] and complied with the latest name list of the online database of the World Register of Marine Species [51]. The distinction of different benthic foraminiferal biofacies throughout the cores relies chiefly on the ecological preferences of the most abundant species and microfaunal diversity.

3.5.2. Ostracoda

One hundred and thirty-six sediment samples from LB cores were analysed for ostracods (LB1:65, LB2:36, LB3:41 and LB4:21). Ostracods were recovered from 98 samples (LB1:45, LB2:10, LB3:36 and LB4:11) and 50 species were identified. The sandy fraction of the texture samples was dry sieved and the ostracods were extracted from fine to medium sand-sized sediment residues (500 to 125 µm). Up to 100 ostracods were picked using a stereomicroscope (Diaspore model from Nachet). The best-preserved ostracod shells were identified using Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy (ESEM) images [52] with reference to [53,54,55,56,57,58,59] and the taxonomic attribution follows [51]. The ostracod density was expressed as the number of valves/g and the species richness (diversity) as the number of species in each sample. The ostracod taxa were divided in 5 ecological groups according to their salinity tolerance and their habitat: freshwater to low brackish, brackish, lagoonal coastal, phytal coastal and marine (Table 1).

3.6. Palynological Analysis

Forty-eight samples were taken between 0 and 430 cm from the BU1 core. Twenty-four samples were processed at the Palynological Laboratory of the University of Florence. An additional 24 samples were processed at laboratory of University of Utrecht as part of an Erasmus plus traineeship. Both laboratories used the exact same standard procedure for palynological processing. One Lycopodium clavatum tablet containing a known amount of spores was added to each exactly weighted dried sample to determine palynomorph concentrations. The samples, ~1.00 to 3.3 g in weight, were treated with 30% HCl, cold 38% HF, and briefly with KOH. Residues were then sieved in an ultrasonic bath using a 10 μm polymer mesh. Thirty-eight mobile slides were mounted using glycerol and analysed using optical microscopes. Slides are very rich in both pollen and Non-Pollen Palynomorphs (NPPs). In particular, land-derived palynomorphs include pollen, fungal remains (e.g., spores, hyphae, and fruiting bodies) and embryophyte spores. Freshwater palynomorphs include algal zygospores, especially Desmidiaceae (e.g., Cosmarium) and Zygnemataceae (e.g., Mougeotia), invertebrate mandibles, aquatic fungi, Pediastrum and Botryococcus algae. Marine palynomorphs include cyst of dinoflagellates, and foraminifer linings. The preservation of both pollen grains and NPPs is generally good; in fact, degraded, corroded or broken remains are very rare; moreover, there is no evidence for reworking of palynomorphs.
The results of the pollen analysis are summarized in a pollen percentage diagram including two main groups, i.e., Arboreal (AP) and Non Arboreal (NAP) taxa; here the main percentage sum is based on terrestrial pollen excluding NPPs. Moreover, on the right of the summary pollen diagram, the occurrence of selected NPPs is marked.

4. Results

4.1. Geomorphology

A depression parallel to the coast with WNW-ESE trend, limited landward by Pleistocene sandstone deposits and seaward by a coastal dune system, characterizes the studied area. Near the depression, the sandstone deposits rise to about 20 m a.s.l. Two ridges distant from each other, about 100 m and both approximately 70–80 m wide, constitute the dune system (primary and secondary dune). This system is confined between depression containing the paleo-lagoon and the present backshore. The maximum altitude of the outer dune system is close to 8 m a.s.l. and a dense shrub vegetation of Mediterranean maquis covers the secondary dune. The back-barrier is about 1 km wide. Before the nineteenth-century reclamation, the depression was a wetland periodically submerged; the Fosso Melone and the Fosso del Chiarone rivers flowed into the depression, in the central and eastern part, respectively (Figure 2). Currently, the depression is almost flat and at some decimeters below sea level. The depression is crossed by several reclamation canals and includes the Burano Lake, the only submerged area after the old lagoon reclamation. The lake is about 3.5 km long, 0.5 km wide and covers an area of about 1.5 km2, with a maximum depth of about 1 meter. An inlet, located at the centre of the outer side, connects the lake to the sea. Washover fans are particularly evident in the north-western area of the lake.

4.2. Lithological Units

Five lithological units (Figure 3a,b) were recognized based on the cores.
  • Unit 1—Ocher and locally cemented quartz silty sands (zS) constitute this unit. Rare fine gravel with occasional centimetric pebbles and local plane-parallel lamination are present. The medium-sorted sediment shows uni or bimodal grain-size distribution. This unit outcrops along the inner edge of the depression and it was intercepted at the base of the BU4, 7 and 8, LB 2, 3 and 4 cores. The unit was crossed for about 3 m without ever reaching the bottom.
  • Unit 2—It is a complex lithology unit mainly consisting of: soft peats, sandy mud (sM), mud (M), silt (Z) and muddy sand (mS) with abundant organic matter. Some thin levels with shell debris; are present more frequently in the lower part of the unit. They show a high silt content and are locally bioturbated. There are remains of Posidonia and undecomposed vegetal matter, occasional bivalve fragments and thin-shell gastropods. In the upper part, the unit is characterized by black-brown decametric thick soil outcropping into the depression. The unit was intercepted in the central and upper part of almost cores with a thickness ranging from 0.50 to over 3.0 m.
  • Unit 3—It is made up of fine to medium-coarse greyish, more rarely yellowish, no diagenized feldspathic quartz sands (S). Sands are well sorted with a unimodal grain size distribution curve. Muddy sand (mS) and silty sand (zS) are more rarely present. Horizontal and medium-low angle plane-parallel laminations are present and centimetric to decimetric dark levels with femic minerals (in particular augite) were observed too. SEM and diffractometric analyses showed rare garnets, amphibole, pyrite, ilmenite, titanite and magnetite. There are locally present oblate or flattened pebbles, rare fine gravel levels and bivalves with complete shell or more frequently fragmented. This unit was intercepted mainly in the drills closest to the sea (where sometimes it represents the only body intercepted) with maximum thicknesses of about 7 m (LB2) and with more reduced thicknesses in the central ones; it is not present in the inner cores except BU10. Locally, this unit is interbedded to Unit 2 where it sometimes shows a high angle lamination.
  • Unit 4—Whitish CaCO3 enriched silt (Z), scarce fine sand (S) and a bioclastic fraction characterize this unit. SEM and diffractometric analyses showed a composition constituted mainly of euhedral calcite crystals and subordinately secondary of gypsum. Downwards rare dark horizontal laminations were observed. This unit was intercepted in the upper part of the cores drilled in the central sector of the depression. The thickness is greater northward where it reaches about 2 m (LB1). In most parts of the cores, the whitish silt is interbedded with thin blackish peaty levels and in any case is always embedded in the Unit 2.
  • Unit 5—This unit consists of medium to fine incoherent silty sand (zS) and muddy sand (mS). Moreover, there are horizontal plane-parallel laminations, rare gravel constituted of flat grains rare oxidized foraminifera and shell debris. This unit was intercepted, below Unit 3, in LB1 core for a thickness of about 7 m without ever reaching the bottom, and in BU3 core.
For the geochronological data, see Table 2 and Table 3.

4.3. Paleovegetational Context

Pollen data from BU1 core provide the floristic and vegetation history of Burano Lake during the last 8000 years (Figure 4). Thermophilous deciduous forest composed especially of Quercus cerris and Q. pubescens followed by other sub-Mediterranean taxa such as Carpinus orientalis/Ostrya, Corylus, Quercus suber, dominate the landscape in the lowlands and hilly areas. Here, Mediterranean vegetation shows less extension than the sub-Mediterranean one; its main taxon is Quercus ilex, followed by Ericaceae, Olea, Phillyrea, Pistacia, etc. Pollen data indicate the presence although with low percentages of Abies, Betula and Fagus, typical taxa of high altitude; among them, Fagus shows the more continuous record. Plants growing under greater control of local edaphic conditions include prevalently herbaceous taxa such as Amaranthaceae and Cyperaceae which possibly expanded especially on the lake shoreline.
Mediterranean taxa show some phases of increase, the most evident of them occurred between 8000 and 5860 BP. However, over the previous fluctuations, no dramatic vegetational changes were pointed out throughout the pollen record also before 3775 BP, when a strong increase in herbaceous taxa occurred. In this context, Amaranthaceae exhibited at least two main phases of increase which possibly correspond to a decrease of the extension of the Burano paleo-lagoon.

4.4. Bio-Indicators of the Aquatic Paleoenvironmental Conditions in Each Units

Unit 1—Ostracoda: samples from LB cores are generally devoid of ostracods except for a few LB4 samples showing low ostracod density. The assemblages are highly dominated by the euryhaline taxon Cyprideis torosa monospecific or associated with scarce valves of brackish (Loxoconcha elliptica) or lagoon/coastal (Xestoleberis dispar) species. These assemblages, dominated by C. torosa, have low densities in semi-permanent waters of lagoon marginal areas [60,61].
Foraminifera: only oxidized shallow water foraminifera and rare molluscs fragments characterize this unit.
Unit 2—Ostracoda: in the LB cores, the samples are mainly characterized by a high ostracod density and a relatively low diversity (2 to 6 taxa). Ostracods are mainly composed of both brackish (C. torosa and L. elliptica) and lagoon/coastal (X. dispar) taxa with variable proportions, all three of which can be dominant or co-dominant. They are occasionally associated with a few phytal coastal (Aurila spp. and Leptocythere spp.) and/or freshwater to low brackish specimens (Candona angulata and Darwinula stevensoni); this assemblage is characteristic of an open lagoon environment. The abundance of X. dispar indicates polyhaline conditions with substantial seawater inputs [53,62]. In the LB2 core, between 915 and 970 cm, the samples have a low ostracod density and a high diversity (7 to 17 taxa). These assemblages are dominated by C. torosa, X. dispar or the marine species Paracytherois mediterranea, mainly associated with L. elliptica, lagoon/coastal (Loxoconcha sp. and Xestoleberis communis) and phytal coastal taxa (main species are Cushmanidea turbida and Urocythereis favosa). Sporadic specimens (1 to 3 valves) of about 20 other coastal and marine taxa are reported. The abundance and diversity of marine and coastal taxa is common in euhaline to polyhaline lagoon environment with a strong seawater influence typical of sandy bar inlets surroundings [61,63]. In core LB1, between 20–40 cm, 160–190 cm and 520–530 cm occurs a bispecific assemblage dominated by C. torosa associated with L. elliptica characteristic of confined lagoons [61,63,64,65,66]. The association of these two euryhaline species suggests intra- and inter-annual variations in salinity. In the LB4, two samples (165–168 cm and 233–238 cm) are monospecific with scarce valves of C. torosa, which could indicate semi-permanent waters [60,61]. In core LB1, between 40 and 60 cm each sample contains only one reworked valve.
Foraminifera: they are mainly represented by brackish lagoonal assemblage containing an oligospecific fauna characterized by the high dominance of Ammonia tepida (75–91%) accompanied by few species (mainly Haynesina germanica 4–8% and Porosononion granosum 1–19%). The low diversity (S: 3 to 7 taxa, Fisher α-index: 0.4 to 5, H: 0.3 to 1.7) and the high dominance of A. tepida, a euryhaline species, are indicative of an enclosed brackish lagoon [67,68,69,70,71]. This assemblage is recorded in BU5 core, from 330 to 300 cm and from 122 to 81 cm, and in BU7 core, from 216 to the top. Towards the top of the unit (BU7: from 166 cm to the top) it is characterized by a clear transition towards freshwater conditions highlighted by a decrease of foraminiferal content. Similar environmental condition is recognized also in the upper part of the BU1 core (from 61 to 30 cm) where the assemblage is similar to that written above for the upper part and it is associated with abundant gastropods like Hydrobia spp. and Planorbis spp.; while at the lower part (bottom to 386 cm), more marine taxa (Nonion spp., Triloculina spp. and Quinqueloculina spp.) indicate a significant sea influence. This unit in BU1 core is also characterized by the presence of Characeae oogones and monassone spicules of porifers. In BU3 core, this unit is barren.
Palynology (NPPs): palynology was studied in core BU1. Between 426 and 371 cm depth, marine dinocysts are usually present although in low abundance compared to the terrestrial palynomorphs. In particular, at 387 cm dinocysts increase and are well represented by Spiniferites mirabilis, an indicator of warm-temperate conditions and Lingulodinium machaerophorum, often found in estuarine, coastal/neritic environments in modern sediments. L. machaerophorum thrives in nutrient-rich conditions and can reach high abundances in river-dominated marine areas [72]. Blooms of its motile form can cause toxic red tides. The other species found are typical of neritic to coastal warm-temperate environments, such as Operculodinium centrocarpum, Operculodinium israelianum, Selenopemphix quanta, Spiniferites belerius, Spiniferites bulloides, Spiniferites membranaceous, Spiniferites ramosus. Notably, typical oceanic taxa such as Impagidinium spp. are absent. Some foraminifer linings are also present; such organic test linings probably belong to calcareous benthic foraminifers, the occurrence of which indicates a shallow depositional environment, nutrient-rich waters and relatively more fully marine salinities. Botryococcus (Chlorophyceae, Chlorococcales/Tetrasporales), a fresh–brackish water colonial green algae is quite abundant. Throughout this interval, Pseudoschizaea (Incertae sedis) and some hemi-cells of the prevalent freshwater Desmidiaceae Cosmarium have also scattered occurrences. Terrestrial Fungi are always abundant. Between 332 and 188 cm, Fungi spores, Pseudoschizaea, Botryococcus and especially Cosmarium decrease markedly. Dinocysts also decrease toward the top of the interval. Some foraminifer linings are present. From 56 to 42 cm, marine dinocysts are absent whereas Cosmarium, Botryococcus and fungal spores are present.
Unit 3—Ostracoda: samples from LB2 core are devoid of ostracod fauna. Samples from LB3 core have a high ostracod density and a low specific diversity (9 to 14 taxa). The assemblages are slightly dominated by the euryhaline species C. torosa or the phytal coastal species C. turbida associated with brackish (L. elliptica), lagoon/coastal (Loxoconcha sp. and Xestoleberis spp.) and phytal coastal taxa (mainly Aurila spp., Bairdia mediterranea, Cytheretta spp., Hiltermannicythere rubra, Leptocythere spp., Neocytherideis spp., Semicytherura spp. and U. favosa). It can be associated with an open lagoon environment strongly influenced by seawater and the closeness of a sandy bar inlets. In the LB1 core, the samples are devoid of ostracods or contain one or two reworked valves except for one sample (720–730 cm) which has similar characteristics to the LB3 samples.
Foraminifera: in this unit the foraminiferal assemblage shows, in respect to the Unit 2, a clear decrease of lagoonal taxa (e.g., Ammonia tepida displays a decreasing trend from BU5-285 to BU5-283) and an increase of typical shallow marine species like miliolids (>22% Quinqueloculina spp. and Triloculina spp.), Elphidium spp. (4–8%) and Rosalina spp. (7–40%) [49,58,73]. This assemblage presents very few specimens but high diversity (S: 18 to 38 taxa, Fisher α-index: 6.0 to 20.4, H: 1.8 to 3.1). The environment related to Unit 3 can be associated with a lagoon affected by occasional marine connection. This assemblage is recorded in BU5 core (from 300 to 132 cm) and in BU1 (from 370 to 320 cm) and BU3 (from 405 to 369 cm) cores where siliceous spicules of poriferas were found too. Moreover, it is characterized by abundant remains of molluscs (Cardium spp., Glycimeris spp., Venus spp. and tellinids) vermetids, bryozoans, coral algae and remains of echinoids. In BU3 core, the upper part of the unit, contains only reworked molluscs.
Palynology (NPPs): data have been collected from the BU1 core between 371 and 332 cm. Samples are mostly barren in NPP but also pollen probably due to the unfavourable lithology marked by a high content in sand. Marine dinocysts such as S. belerius, S. membranaceous, S. ramosus are present along foraminifera linings and Pseudoschizaea.
Unit 4—Ostracoda: samples from LB cores have a low ostracod density. In the LB1 samples, ostracods are low diversified (2 to 4 taxa) and highly dominated by the freshwater to low brackish species C. angulata mainly associated with a freshwater to low brackish (D. stevensoni) and/or a euryhaline species (C. torosa). C. angulata tolerate limnetic to mesohaline waters but clearly prefers slightly salty waters and are common in slightly brackish coastal ponds [70]. In the LB3 samples, ostracods are moderately diversified (5 to 6 taxa) and dominated by C. torosa mainly associated with freshwater to low brackish (C. angulata, D. stevensoni and Limnocythere inopinata) and brackish taxa (L. elliptica). These two assemblages are common in low brackish lagoon environment. In the LB3 core, L. elliptica which tolerates oligohaline to polyhaline waters and the dominance of C. torosa for which maximum productivity occurs at salinities between 2 and 16.5‰ [70] indicates slightly higher salinities than in the LB1 core.
Foraminifera: unlike ostracods, in this unit benthic foraminifera are rare or absent with a very low diversity (S: 3 to 4 taxa, Fisher α-index: <1, H: 0.3 to 0.7), advocating freshwater or low brackish conditions. It is recorded in BU1 core from 164 to 72 cm and in BU5 core from 91 cm to the top. Where it is associated with abundant gastropods (Hydrobia spp. and Planorbis spp.) and frequent oogones.
Palynology (NPPs): the interval between 188 and 56 cm of core BU1 shows some sporadic/rare presence of dinocysts (Spiniferites spp.) along with few hemi-cells of the freshwater Cosmarium and fresh–brackish water Botryococcus at the base. However, in the interval from 170 to 64 cm, a sudden change in the NPP assemblages occurs, marked by the increase of Cosmarium and Botryococcus as well as by the disappearance of dinocysts. In more detail, Cosmarium, shows an acme phase between 170 and 123 cm and Botryococcus is also well represented although in lower occurrence.
Unit 5—The samples include scarce reworked valves of coastal or lagoon ostracods. Only one sample, at bottom of LB1 core, present a low ostracod density with a high diversity (12 taxa). This assemblage is slightly dominated by the phytal coastal species C. turbida associated with lagoon/coastal (Loxoconcha sp. and Xestoleberis spp.), brackish (C. torosa and L. elliptica) and phytal coastal taxa (B. mediterranea, Cytheretta sp., H. rubra, Semicytherura sulcata and U. favosa). Rare tellinids and oxidized foraminifera are also present.

5. Discussion

5.1. Facies and Reciprocal Stratigraphic Relationships (Figure 5):

  • Coastal Pleistocene facies (CP)—It is characterized by the lithological Unit 1 in which rare fragments of bivalves, oxidized shallow waters foraminifera and rare brackish and euryhaline ostracods have been found. The measured age varies between about 45 to about 20 ka BP. The lithology, the faunal content and datings, identify a generic coastal plain developed during the Upper Pleistocene.
  • Lagoon Holocene facies (LgH)—It includes sediments that refer prevalently to the Unit 2 in which the faunal content consists of predominant brackish and lagoonal/coastal taxa. Sometimes these taxa are accompanied by species more suitable for freshwater environment. It is confirmed by the absence of foraminiferal assemblages in the upper part of the unit. The decrease of marine dinocysts confirm a minor lagoon-sea connection in the time. According to the composition and stratigraphical distribution of dinocysts a main seawater input is documented close to about 8 ka BP (BU1 426 to 371 cm) whereas the marine influence progressively decreases until it disappears towards the more recent times. This facies develops mostly until 3.5 ka BP, even if locally, it is also present in more recent times (2.8–1.0 ka BP, Table 1). LgH facies is attributable to a coastal Holocene lagoon significantly influenced by the sea in the period before 6 ka BP even if phases of greater or less marine connection alternate over time. Using the calibrated ages in the BU10 core, where the organic sediments of this facies are more continuous and lacking clastic intercalations, the peat sedimentation rates were estimated (Figure 3a). These progressively decrease from 1.1 to 0.27 mm/year.
  • Beach-dune Holocene facies (BdH)—It includes Unit 3 deposits characterized by the occurrence of prevalent marine bio-indicators; all previous evidences support the development of foreshore/dune, sand barrier environment and subordinately washover fans.
  • Lacustrine Holocene facies (LH)—It corresponds to the whitish CaCO3 enriched Unit 4. The faunal component is essentially made up of freshwater gastropods and freshwater/low brackish ostracods. NPPs as a whole, confirm a prevalent freshwater environment; indeed, the main components of the NPPs assemblages are Cosmarium, indicative of prevalent freshwater conditions and Botryoccoccus, which thrives in fresh–brackish waters. Notably, their abundances (especially that of Cosmarium) indicates a bloom around 5770 year BP (in BU1). Such bloom may indicate a sudden change in one or more environmental parameters such as nutrients (e.g., phosphorus and nitrogen), temperature or pH. It is also necessary to understand if the phenomenon was natural or anthropic-induced. Cosmarium and Botryococcus proliferate in oligo-to mesotrophic conditions, and therefore a sudden eutrophication episode can be excluded. The absence of other taxa such as Pediastrum, aquatic algae commonly present in freshwater habitats rich in mineral and organic nutrients confirms the oligotrophic conditions. Desmids are sensitive organisms and act as an indicator of water quality, concentration of chemical oxygen demand, nitrate and turbidity; Botryococcus can dominates (or be present) in relatively extreme environments which prevents for example the occurrence of Pediastrum; it is often present when water is clear, oligotrophic, eventually dystrophic [74,75,76]. All this evidence permits to define a freshwater depositional basin with clear and oligotrophic waters. Moreover, the abundance of calcite suggests medium-high pH waters and probably microbially induced calcium carbonate precipitation a phenomenon also associated with the so-called “Whitings” (e.g., [77,78]). The development of this facies starts after 6 ka BP and ends at about to 4 ka BP. The origin of this facies is not clear at present. Due to the absence of significant river inputs, it might assume a rise of fluids linked to the late hydrothermal phases of the Vulsino volcanism. Similar evidences were observed in the Specchio di Venere lake, a coastal basin in the volcanic island of Pantelleria (southern Sicily) [79].
  • Shoreface Holocene facies (SH)—It is expressed by Unit 5. The presence of coastal malaco- ostracofauna partly reworked, shallow water oxidized foraminifera, as well as arenaceous pebbles and gravel levels, suggests that it is related to a shoreface environment. Locally (LB1), this environment could also be supplied by the remobilization of the Pleistocene sediments (CP facies) present at the inner edge of the depressed area.
The CP facies outcrops along the inner edge of the depression. At ESE of the Burano Lake, the CP facies deepens seawards (Figure 5). At WNW, the CP facies was not intercepted in the cores and therefore its seawards trend is not known. Stratigraphically overlapping on the CP facies, the LgH facies is present always with sharp contact. The chronological difference between the two facies highlights a sedimentary hiatus. The LgH facies shows a plane-concave geometry that tapers both seawards and landwards. The BdH facies, outcropping along the outer edge of the depression, constitutes the current Holocene beach-dune system. In the subsoil of south-eastern area, it displays a wedge geometry closed landward into LgH facies constituting a typical sand barrier. In the north-western area, the wedge geometry is only partially evident. The BdH and LgH facies are frequently heteropic and the relative contact is generally sharp or locally transitional. The LH facies presents a lenticular geometry and is always embedded in the LgH one resulting heteropic with this. Regarding to SH facies, there is not enough information to define its geometry.
The characters of the facies and their mutual stratigraphic relations highlight the presence of two depositional sequences pro-parte (Figure 6) [80,81]. The oldest sequence (A) is represented only by the Upper Pleistocene CP facies. A second sequence (B), represented by Holocene facies, overlies sequence A. The overlap is identified along the surface separating the CP and LgH facies; this surface constitutes a Basal Unconformity (BU) (red line in Figure 6). The oldest sediments of LgH facies (about 8.0 to 6.0 ka BP), together with the heteropic sediments of BdH, show a typically transgressive setting associated with the Transgressive System Tract (TST) of the sequence B (Figure 6). Therefore, the BU surface therefore constitutes partly a Transgressive Surface (TS) in blue line in Figure 6. Most recent deposits of facies LgH and BdH display a regressive setting constituting the Highstand System Tract (HST) of the B sequence that develops above the maximum flooding surface (mfs) (yellow line in Figure 6). The HST of B sequence includes the LH facies embedded into LgH facies. Beyond the junction point of the mfs on the BU, the HST lagoon sediments of the B sequence lay directly on the A sequence.

5.2. Holocene Evolution

The paleoenvironmental history of the Burano paleo-lagoon can be summarized in 5 main phases starting from about 8000 years BP. This time interval includes the upper portion of the Neolithic up to the High Middle Ages, which largely centre the period characterized by increasing aridification phenomena (e.g., [9,82,83]). The vegetational and climate responses at the Mediterranean scale are documented by several palynological studies (e.g., [84,85,86,87] and references therein). Pollen data from the Burano paleo-lagoon show a prevalent warm temperate climate characterized by a quite humid weather conditions at least until about 4000 years BP despite the occurrence of greater seasonality phases. After 4000 years BP the significant increases of herbaceous cover, if not climate-induced, could be interpreted as an anthropogenic indicator of the impact of the Etruscan activities.
The RSL curve was drawn based on the calibrated ages from the sediments of the LgH and LH facies. Since the area is considered to be stable on average in the late-Quaternary, the curve was not corrected for the land vertical movements [88]. For each used data, the RSL was determined based on the equation RSL = A − RWL where: A is the altitude of the data (respect to the MSL) and RWL is a value equal to −0.5 (data from LgH facies) and 0 (data from LH facies) [89]. In Figure 7, the Burano RSL curve is compared with the RLS model curves of Sardinia [89] and Versilia plain [88]. These two locations have been considered as relatively close to the Burano area and considered on average stable.
Phase 1 (Figure 8a)—In the easternmost sector of the study area, during the late transgression phase and before 7500 years BP, a sandy barrier (BdH) was located about 250 m seaward from the innermost shoreline consisting of Pleistocene sediments (CP). A narrow lagoon developed between the Pleistocene sediments and the sandy barrier (LgH) prone to seawater inflow. In the most western sector, the lagoon was not present and a large beach (facies BdH + SH) extended from the Pleistocene deposits seawards. The sandy barrier and beach were fed by the longshore current, carrying towards north-west the sediments from the Fiora, Arrone and Marta river mouths [90,91]. At this time, the sea level was close to −7 m when compared to the current one.
Phase 2 (Figure 8b)—About 6000 years ago, approximately at sea level still-stand, a barrier-lagoon system developed throughout the area. The boundary between the Pleistocene and Holocene deposits migrated to the northeast. The width of the lagoon varied from about 150 m in the eastern part to about 500 m in the western sector. There are no data that allow us to accurately evaluate the width of the barrier that even in the presence of washover events it began to limit the intrusion of seawater into the lagoon. During this phase, the sea level was about at −3 m compared to the current one.
Phase 3 (Figure 8c)—Even after the still stand, the sea level rose but with minor rates, and at around 5000 years BP, it was close to −2.5 m. In this phase, the width of the lagoon ranged from 500 to 700 m. The inner edge of the barrier shows a partial seaward migration in the eastern part. The LH facies occurs along the entire axis of the coastal basin.
Phase 4 (Figure 8d)—About 4000 years ago, the sea level was very close to −2 m. The planimetric features of the lagoon do not show a significant change in respect to the previous phase except for a limited seaward migration of the inner edge of the barrier in the westernmost part. However, the LH facies shows a more discontinuous distribution than the previous phase.
Phase 5—During the last 4000 years, LH facies disappeared and was overlain by limited thicknesses of LgH facies. Successively, the basin rapidly dried up, or, at least, turned into a wetland only locally and periodically submerged so that part of the organic sediments was subject to pedogenesis forming a thin brown soil. The reclamation made during the first part of the twentieth century, definitively dried up the entire area except the Burano Lake zone whose depth is currently not over a meter.

6. Conclusions

A beach-dune-lagoon system evolved in the study area between about 8.0 and 4.0 ka BP, and it rests unconformably on the previous coastal sediments of Pleistocene age. In a first phase, the lagoon shows a significant marine influence and then, from 6000 years ago, it progressively changes to more closed environment with brackish water. Lagoon sediments are particularly rich in peat. Between 6.0 and 4.0 ka BP, along the central axis of the lagoon, a sedimentation particularly rich in CaCO3 and bio indicators of freshwater-low brackish environment developed. From 4.0 ka BP ago, the lagoon quickly dried up becoming a locally and periodically submerged wetland. The area was reclaimed at the beginning of the 20th century.

Author Contributions

Conceptualization, M.D., P.B., A.B., L.D.B., C.V. and L.D.; Data curation, A.B., G.C., L.D.B., L.M.F., M.A.L., L.R., C.V., J.-P.G., L.S., P.C., F.P., C.O. and F.S.; Investigation, M.D., A.B., P.C.N., D.F., C.V. and J.-P.G.; Methodology, J.-P.G.; Supervision, P.B., L.D.B. and L.D. All authors have read and agreed to the published version of the manuscript.


This research received no external funding.


Fanny Guerin and Nora Dalal for their help in sieving samples from LB cores. Stoil Chapkanski (CNRS, Archéorient-UMR5133) and Camille Goncalves for the analysis of the Cosa samples. A special thanks to Maurizio Cacopardo for the collaboration during the drillings. We would like to thank SACRA Spa, in particular the Director Piergiorgio Santi, for the availability and collaboration shown, as well as for the authorization to carry out the mechanical drillings on the lands of the Company.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Figure 1. Location of the studied area. The position of the continuous (red dot) and percussion (yellow dot) drillings is indicated. The regions Tuscany (yellow) and Latium (orange) are indicated in the box at the top right. The numbers indicate the position of Lido di Tarquinia (1), Tiber river mouth (2), M. Circeo promontory (3) and Garigliano river mouth (4). From Google Earth image 2019. WGS84 Geographic Coordinate System refers to the vertices.
Figure 1. Location of the studied area. The position of the continuous (red dot) and percussion (yellow dot) drillings is indicated. The regions Tuscany (yellow) and Latium (orange) are indicated in the box at the top right. The numbers indicate the position of Lido di Tarquinia (1), Tiber river mouth (2), M. Circeo promontory (3) and Garigliano river mouth (4). From Google Earth image 2019. WGS84 Geographic Coordinate System refers to the vertices.
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Figure 2. Geomorphological sketch map. The Fosso del Chiarone (river), which today flows into the sea, flowed into Lake Burano before the reclamation works. The washover fans indicate in the sketch are inactive today. From Google Earth image 2019. WGS84 Geographic Coordinate System are referred to the vertices.
Figure 2. Geomorphological sketch map. The Fosso del Chiarone (river), which today flows into the sea, flowed into Lake Burano before the reclamation works. The washover fans indicate in the sketch are inactive today. From Google Earth image 2019. WGS84 Geographic Coordinate System are referred to the vertices.
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Figure 3. (a) Litho-stratigraphy and environmental evolution along BU1, 3, 5, 7, 10 percussion drillings. In BU10 core, the sedimentation rates in the peats are reported. (b) Litho-stratigraphy and ostracod ecological groups distribution along LB1, 2, 3, 4 continuous drillings. Age cal BP.
Figure 3. (a) Litho-stratigraphy and environmental evolution along BU1, 3, 5, 7, 10 percussion drillings. In BU10 core, the sedimentation rates in the peats are reported. (b) Litho-stratigraphy and ostracod ecological groups distribution along LB1, 2, 3, 4 continuous drillings. Age cal BP.
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Figure 4. Summary of the palynological evidence from BU1 core. For the legend of sediment labels see Figure 3a. Age calibrated year BP.
Figure 4. Summary of the palynological evidence from BU1 core. For the legend of sediment labels see Figure 3a. Age calibrated year BP.
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Figure 5. Schematic sedimentological cross-sections. Colours highlight the facies marked by relative label. For chronological reference, some ages approximate in ka BP was inserted.
Figure 5. Schematic sedimentological cross-sections. Colours highlight the facies marked by relative label. For chronological reference, some ages approximate in ka BP was inserted.
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Figure 6. Sequence stratigraphy schematic setting. BU (red line): Basal Unconformity; TS (blue line): Transgressive Surface; mfs (green line): maximum flooding surface; TST: Transgressive System Tract; HST: High Stand System Tract. Depositional sequence A (brown) is constituted by coastal Pleistocene sediments. Depositional sequence B (TST + HST) is constituted by beach, bar and dune sediments (yellow) and lagoon/lacustrine sediments (light green).
Figure 6. Sequence stratigraphy schematic setting. BU (red line): Basal Unconformity; TS (blue line): Transgressive Surface; mfs (green line): maximum flooding surface; TST: Transgressive System Tract; HST: High Stand System Tract. Depositional sequence A (brown) is constituted by coastal Pleistocene sediments. Depositional sequence B (TST + HST) is constituted by beach, bar and dune sediments (yellow) and lagoon/lacustrine sediments (light green).
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Figure 7. Comparison between the Burano RSL curve and the curves for Sardinia and Versilia plain modified from [88,89].
Figure 7. Comparison between the Burano RSL curve and the curves for Sardinia and Versilia plain modified from [88,89].
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Figure 8. Schematic bidimensional landscape reconstructions of the Burano paleo-lagoon from 7500 to 4000 years BP (ad). Coloured areas indicate: Pleistocene deposits (brown), lagoon/marsh Holocene deposits (green), Holocene sandy barrier and foreshore deposits (yellow), Holocene lacustrine deposits (grey), Holocene shoreface deposits (blue). The location of Burano Lake and the present shoreline is indicated.
Figure 8. Schematic bidimensional landscape reconstructions of the Burano paleo-lagoon from 7500 to 4000 years BP (ad). Coloured areas indicate: Pleistocene deposits (brown), lagoon/marsh Holocene deposits (green), Holocene sandy barrier and foreshore deposits (yellow), Holocene lacustrine deposits (grey), Holocene shoreface deposits (blue). The location of Burano Lake and the present shoreline is indicated.
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Table 1. Ecological groups with the related taxa (in bold the common taxa > 5 valves).
Table 1. Ecological groups with the related taxa (in bold the common taxa > 5 valves).
Ecological GroupsTaxa (Binomial Nomenclature)
Freshwater to low brackishCandona sp.
Candona angulatata
Darwinula stevensoni
Herpetocypris sp.
Heterocypris salina
Ilyocypris sp.
Limnocythere inopinata
Paralimnocythere sp.
Pseudocandona sp.
BrackishCyprideis torosa
Loxoconcha elliptica
Lagoon/coastalLoxoconcha sp.
Xestoleberis communis
Xestoleberis dispar
Phytal coastalAurila sp.
Aurila woodwardii
Bairdia mediterranea
Callistocythere pallida
Cushmanidea turbida
Cytheretta sp.
Cytheridea neapolitana
Hiltermannicythere rubra
Leptocythere sp.
Leptocythere bacescoi
Leptocythere cf. ramosa
Leptocythere fabaeformis
Microcytherura angulosa
Microcytherura fulva
Neocytherideis fasciata
Neocytherideis (Sahnia) subulata
Paracytheridea depressa
Procytherideis (Neocytherideis) subspiralis
Sagmatocythere littoralis
Semicytherura sp.
Semicytherura aff. rara
Semicytherura amorpha
Semicytherura incongruens
Semicytherura sulcata
Urocythereis favosa
MarineCarinocythereis whitei Costa punctatissima
Cytheropteron latum Eucythere curta
Eucytherura angulata
Jugosocythereis sp.
Paracytherois mediterranea
Paradoxostoma bradyi
Table 2. Radiocarbon datings (LB samples [52]).
Table 2. Radiocarbon datings (LB samples [52]).
Sample IdentifierCore #
(Depth in Core, m)
14C Age (Year BP)
Calibrated Age
(Calibrated Year BP)
δ 13C(2)
(‰, vs. SMOW (Standard Mean Ocean Water))
Rome-2334BU-1 (0.45–056)sandy peat3775 ± 404200–4080−21.7
Rome-2335BU-1 (1.82–1.89)clay peat5770 ± 406405–6305−26.0
Rome-2336BU-1 (3.10–3.19)silt peat5860 ± 406740–6630−24.8
Rome-2337BU-1 (3.59–3.64)clay peat7940 ± 508980–8690−23.1
Rome-2338BU-4 (0.50–0.60)peat debris1010 ± 40960–850−23.7
Rome-2339BU-4 (1.0–1.1)peat level3570 ± 404090–3920−25.0
Rome-2340BU-4 (1.75–1.85)clay peat5940 ± 506860–6670−25.8
Rome-2341BU-5 (0.98–1.08)peat debris5860 ± 456740–6570−23.4
Rome-2342BU-5 (1.44–1.54)silt clay6280 ± 507270–7090−24.9
Rome-2342BU-7 (0.50–0.60)peat level3550 ± 403900–3720−22.5
Rome-2343BU-7 (1.44–1.57)clay peat5620 ± 456450–6310−23.2
Rome-2349BU-10 (0.50)peat level2790 ± 402950–2840−22.9
Rome-2360BU-10 (1.00)peat level4320 ± 404970–4830−24.1
Rome-2364BU-10 (1.50)peat level4840 ± 405620–5480−22.5
Rome-2361BU-10 (2.00)peat level5310 ± 406270–5990−24.1
Rome-2365BU-10 (2.50)peat level5840 ± 406650–6560−22.6
Rome-2350BU-10 (3.00)peat level6115 ± 407160–6890−25.0
Rome-2348BU-11 (1.31–1.46)clay peat3830 ± 354290–4150−23.4
Rome-2347BU-11 (2.83–2.97)silty peat5270 ± 406170–5940−24.3
Rome-2346BU-11 (3.53–3.67)clay peat6445 ± 457430–7320−25.1
Rome-2344BU-12 (0.50)peat level3700 ± 404090–3930−23.5
Rome-2345BU-12 (1.00)peat level4560 ± 455320–5050−24.2
Lyon-14228(sacA-49736)LB1 (0.70)WoodModernModernUnavailable
Lyon-14223(sacA-49731)LB1 (1.75–1.78)Plant materialModernModernUnavailable
Lyon-15107(sacA-53026)LB1 (1.93–1.96)Plant materialModernModernUnavailable
Lyon-14224(sacA-49732)LB1 (2.57)Charcoal4060 ± 30 4779–4446Unavailable
Lyon-15109(sacA-53028)LB1 (3.64–3.71)Wood6180 ± 30 7159–7021Unavailable
Lyon-15110(SacA-53029)LB1 (3.93–3.96)Wood6200 ± 307166–7026Unavailable
Lyon-14226(sacA-49734)LB1 (4.25–4.28)Wood6155 ± 357157–7001Unavailable
Lyon-15117(SacA-53036)LB1 (5.35–5.40)Wood7945 ± 358974–8659Unavailable
Lyon-15108(sacA-53027)LB1 (5.47)Posidonia7095 ± 407616–7532Unavailable
Lyon-14227(sacA-49735)LB1 (5.56–5.62)Posidonia7190 ± 407691–7601−14.66
Lyon-15111(sacA-53030)LB1 (7.13)Wood6640 ± 307568–7506Unavailable
Lyon-15112(SacA-53031)LB2 (7.67–7.70)Posidonia7275 ± 357779–7685Unavailable
Lyon-14229(sacA-49737)LB2 (7.78–7.81)Posidonia7350 ± 407670–7458−14.51
Lyon-14231(sacA-49739)LB3 (0.40-0.43)Organic matter2775 ± 302925–2802−26.14
Lyon-14230(sacA-49738)LB3 (0.72–0.75)Plant materialModernModernUnavailable
Lyon-15113(SacA-53032)LB3 (1.03–1.06)Shell5095 ± 305908-5761Unavailable
Lyon-14232(sacA-49740)LB3 (3.06–3.09)Posidonia5655 ± 356114–5991−14.13
Lyon-15118(SacA-53037)LB3 (3.12)Posidonia5770 ± 306249–6171Unavailable
Lyon-15119(SacA-53038)LB3 (3.30–3.34)Wood5775 ± 306637–6541Unavailable
Lyon-15114(SacA-53033)LB3 (3.44–3.48)Charcoal6500 ± 307460–7336Unavailable
Lyon-15115(SacA-53034)LB3 (3.86–3.89)Shell6345 ± 306862–6763Unavailable
Lyon-14233(sacA-49741)LB3 (4.33–4.39)Charcoal6335 ± 357316–7182Unavailable
Lyon-14234(sacA-49742)LB4 (1.00–1.03)Plant material1085 ± 351045–963Unavailable
Lyon-15116(SacA-53035)LB4 (1.12–1.15)Plant material5190 ± 305987–5918Unavailable
Lyon-14235(sacA-49743)LB4 (1.18–1.21)Wood4970 ± 305727–5657Unavailable
Table 3. OSL (Optically stimulated Luminescence) datings [52].
Table 3. OSL (Optically stimulated Luminescence) datings [52].
(Gy ka−1)
Grain size (µm)NOdDe
OSL (Gy)
OSL (ka)
LB2-18401320 ± 8075.0 ± 4.946.4 ± 2.815.420 ± 55.22 ± 0.40150–200240.28118.86 ± 7.5222.8 ± 1.7
LB2-211151580 ± 16069.9 ± 3.955.0 ± 3.013.020 ± 55.92 ± 0.47150–200250.22276.15 ± 14.0146.7 ± 3.7
LB3-14781400 ± 8068.3 ± 3.847.1 ± 2.912.520 ± 55.28 ± 0.31200–250270.17142.98 ± 5.8927.1 ± 1.6
LB3-25851340 ± 13067.2 ± 3.946.1 ± 2.713.720 ± 55.09 ± 0.44200–250210.25193.97 ± 12.4238.1 ± 3.3
LB42101470 ± 12096.1 ± 5.864.1 ± 4.011.620 ± 56.26 ± 0.33150–200240.6070–40012–64

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D’Orefice M, Bellotti P, Bertini A, Calderoni G, Censi Neri P, Di Bella L, Fiorenza D, Foresi LM, Louvari MA, Rainone L, et al. Holocene Evolution of the Burano Paleo-Lagoon (Southern Tuscany, Italy). Water. 2020; 12(4):1007.

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