Palaeoecology of Quaternary shorelines and sea-level change in Mallorca

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Abstract

Quaternary raised shorelines in Mallorca have been cited as evidence of complex eustatic sea-level changes. Investigation of the molluscan fauna of the shorelines allowed the height at which they formed to be identified very accurately, showing that comparatively little relative sea-level change has occurred. No unambiguous Tyrrhenian beaches were found higher than 2.5 m above present sea level. The faunal evidence suggests the presence of a single Tyrrhenian shoreline which has been deformed by subsequent tectonic activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)356-364
JournalGeographical Journal
Volume151
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

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