Special Issue "Coastal Modification in Ancient Times: Echoes of the Past"

A special issue of Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (ISSN 2077-1312). This special issue belongs to the section "Geological Oceanography".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 June 2023 | Viewed by 520

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Dr. Michael Lazar
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Department of Marine Geosciences, Charney School of Marine Sciences, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel
Interests: marine geology; marine geophysics; coastal geology; shallow geophysical methods; neotectonics; geophysics and archaeology; science outreach
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Dear Colleagues,

Coastal construction and engineering projects are nothing new. While we tend to think of them as products of the modern age, man has been modifying the coastal area for thousands of years. At present, major efforts are devoted to understanding (and mitigating) the effect of modern-day coastal construction on surrounding coastlines. A new breakwater will affect the nearby shore for only a few years (hopefully) before reaching a new steady state in terms of morphological changes. However, what about the longer-term influences of previous construction that reach down through the ages and still affect the morphology, oceanographic parameters and/or geology of a coastline? What can we learn from ancient coastal engineering? Were ancient engineers aware of the influence of construction on the coast and on the marine environment? Were people in ancient times mindful of climate change and rising sea levels and did they try to cope? What lessons can we learn from past successes or mistakes? What can ancient texts tell us about how previous societies coped with such issues? How has our current culture been affected by the spread of idea (art, philosophy, music…) via the sea and ports?

This call invites researchers from all fields of coastal study (engineers, morphologists, geologists, oceanographers, archaeologists, historians, etc.) to think outside the box in their submission to this Special Issue. Articles can be data-based, theoretical or conceptual (a rarity at present). All, however, should be based on rigorous scientific methodologies.

Dr. Michael Lazar
Guest Editor

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  • coastal construction
  • archaeology
  • coastal change
  • coastal morphology
  • sand transport

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The Anthropogenic Affect—Humans and Geology: An Example from Tel Dor, Israel
J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2023, 11(2), 283; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse11020283 - 27 Jan 2023
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Geology usually deals with rocks formed long ago, which are static and stable over the span of human lifetime. This study aims to analyze anthropogenic influence on the formation of geological features in the southeastern Mediterranean. Tel Dor, along Israel’s northern coast, was [...] Read more.
Geology usually deals with rocks formed long ago, which are static and stable over the span of human lifetime. This study aims to analyze anthropogenic influence on the formation of geological features in the southeastern Mediterranean. Tel Dor, along Israel’s northern coast, was chosen due to the continuous presence of humans in the area for over 4000 years and the protective environment of its natural bays that preserve geomorphological changes. This allows for the examination of whether and how humans affect their (geological) environment. Three rocky platforms were chosen in the shallow waters of the South Bay adjacent to the Tel, and four cores were extracted. Results show the extent of the direct and indirect anthropological influences on the landscape. The presence of building stones consisting of dolomite, which is not found along the Carmel coast, is an example of direct influence (importation). The evolution of a biological and non-biological reef upon the sturdy base of the port constructions is an indirect influence. The formation of a non-biological reef upon an archaeological feature is a unique process. It would not have consolidated without the presence of anthropogenic activity. This study shows how human interference in the coastal area can trigger a chain reaction of geological processes lasting more than 2000 years. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Coastal Modification in Ancient Times: Echoes of the Past)

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Title: The anthropogenic affect - man and geology. An example from Tel Dor, Israel

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