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Geomorphology of the Coastal Sand Dune Fields and Their Association with the Palaeolandscape Evolution of Akrotiri Peninsula, Lemesos, Cyprus

Faculty of Geology & Geoenvironment, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Panepistimioupolis Zografou, 157 84 Athens, Greece
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Geosciences 2021, 11(11), 448; https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences11110448
Received: 13 October 2021 / Revised: 27 October 2021 / Accepted: 28 October 2021 / Published: 30 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Changing Quaternary Environment in the Mediterranean)
Two well-developed late Pleistocene dune fields have been identified on the western and eastern side of Akrotiri promontory (Lemesos, Cyprus). The dune fields extend immediately from the low level of their source beaches onto higher ground (>48 m amsl). Geomorphic observations supported by OSL dating and sedimentological data provided evidence of the dune development and for the palaeogeographic reconstruction of the area. Relative sea level changes and wave action during the upper Pleistocene and Holocene played an important role into the development of the palaeolandscape and affected the formation of the dunes. From the collected data the development of the western dune field started at 56.2 ± 5.5 ka when the relative sea level was at approximately −60 m and contributed to the development of the western tombolo of the area whereas the eastern dune field developed in the late Holocene, after the formation of the eastern spit that resulted in the formation of the Akrotiri Salt lake. View Full-Text
Keywords: Cyprus; luminescence dating; aeolian deposits; coastal evolution; Pleistocene; Holocene Cyprus; luminescence dating; aeolian deposits; coastal evolution; Pleistocene; Holocene
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Polidorou, M.; Evelpidou, N. Geomorphology of the Coastal Sand Dune Fields and Their Association with the Palaeolandscape Evolution of Akrotiri Peninsula, Lemesos, Cyprus. Geosciences 2021, 11, 448. https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences11110448

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Polidorou M, Evelpidou N. Geomorphology of the Coastal Sand Dune Fields and Their Association with the Palaeolandscape Evolution of Akrotiri Peninsula, Lemesos, Cyprus. Geosciences. 2021; 11(11):448. https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences11110448

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Polidorou, Miltiadis, and Niki Evelpidou. 2021. "Geomorphology of the Coastal Sand Dune Fields and Their Association with the Palaeolandscape Evolution of Akrotiri Peninsula, Lemesos, Cyprus" Geosciences 11, no. 11: 448. https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences11110448

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