The physiography, the geomorphological features and the sedimentary bedforms offshore Egadi Islands (Italy) have been illustrated and mapped through an integrated analysis of high-resolution bathymetric, seismo-acoustic and sedimentological data. The study area is characterized by a wide, up to 25 km, continental shelf which is separated by a NNW trending linear incision, the Marettimo Channel, along which several erosional and depositional features have been detected and mapped. Sedimentary prograding wedges were detected at water depths between 100-125 m along the shelf margin, which accumulated during sea level fall and lowstand stages of the last glacio-eustatic cycle (post- MIS 5.5). The study detected several slope breaks defining scarps across the continental shelf, which were interpreted as coastal cliffs that originated during the post-LGM eustatic sea level rise. Several fields of different types of sedimentary bedforms, including 2-D and 3-D hydraulic dunes and sorted bedforms, were found across the continental shelf, providing evidence of a high hydrodynamic regime affecting the seafloor. Further on, the study recognized erosive and depositional features related to bottom currents (contourites) in the Marettimo Channel. These findings provide a better understanding of the morpho-sedimentary evolution of the Egadi Islands offshore in the latest Quaternary. Moreover, they offer essential scientific support for effectively managing the most valuable priority habitats for conservation , such as Posidonia oceanica meadow and coralline algae bioconstructions (Coralligenous habitat).

Agate M., Lombardo C., Lo Iacono C., Sulli A., Polizzi S., Chemello R., et al. (2023). Submarine Geomorphology and Sedimentary Features around the Egadi Islands (Western Mediterranean Sea). JOURNAL OF MARINE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, 11(6) [10.3390/jmse11061246].

Submarine Geomorphology and Sedimentary Features around the Egadi Islands (Western Mediterranean Sea)

Agate M.
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Sulli A.;Chemello R.;
2023-06-19

Abstract

The physiography, the geomorphological features and the sedimentary bedforms offshore Egadi Islands (Italy) have been illustrated and mapped through an integrated analysis of high-resolution bathymetric, seismo-acoustic and sedimentological data. The study area is characterized by a wide, up to 25 km, continental shelf which is separated by a NNW trending linear incision, the Marettimo Channel, along which several erosional and depositional features have been detected and mapped. Sedimentary prograding wedges were detected at water depths between 100-125 m along the shelf margin, which accumulated during sea level fall and lowstand stages of the last glacio-eustatic cycle (post- MIS 5.5). The study detected several slope breaks defining scarps across the continental shelf, which were interpreted as coastal cliffs that originated during the post-LGM eustatic sea level rise. Several fields of different types of sedimentary bedforms, including 2-D and 3-D hydraulic dunes and sorted bedforms, were found across the continental shelf, providing evidence of a high hydrodynamic regime affecting the seafloor. Further on, the study recognized erosive and depositional features related to bottom currents (contourites) in the Marettimo Channel. These findings provide a better understanding of the morpho-sedimentary evolution of the Egadi Islands offshore in the latest Quaternary. Moreover, they offer essential scientific support for effectively managing the most valuable priority habitats for conservation , such as Posidonia oceanica meadow and coralline algae bioconstructions (Coralligenous habitat).
19-giu-2023
Settore GEO/02 - Geologia Stratigrafica E Sedimentologica
Agate M., Lombardo C., Lo Iacono C., Sulli A., Polizzi S., Chemello R., et al. (2023). Submarine Geomorphology and Sedimentary Features around the Egadi Islands (Western Mediterranean Sea). JOURNAL OF MARINE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, 11(6) [10.3390/jmse11061246].
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