The Ligurian continental shelf is a terrigenous platform characterized by variable extension and subsidence of the continental margin and thick accumulation of sediments originated by repeated sea-level oscillations. Its genesis and evolution occurred during the Plio-Quaternary, even if early erosive modelling in some sectors has been dated to the Late Miocene. The present morphology of the shelf is the result of transgressive–regressive Quaternary cycles. Using a high-resolution seismic grid of more than 1000 km, we have been able to define the seismostratigraphic characteristics of the Ligurian Sea shelf. On the basis of our studies, it has been possible to describe in detail the seismostratigraphy of the Late Quaternary and Holocene sediments that cover the shelf to various depths, in terms of sedimentary sources, for the purpose of distinguishing ‘relic’ deposits suitable for nourishing beaches undergoing erosion. From this detailed study of the evolution of the most superficial deposits, it is possible to distinguish between different sedimentary bodies deposited during a transgressive phase and located at a water depth ranging between 20 and 70 m; they are represented by relic sands cropping out at the sea bottom due to a relatively thin Holocene drape and could be explored for beach nourishment programmes.

Late Quaternary deposits from the Ligurian continental shelf (NW Mediterranean): a response to problems of coastal erosion

BOZZANO, ALESSANDRA;CORRADI, NICOLA;FANUCCI, FRANCESCO;IVALDI, ROBERTA
2006

Abstract

The Ligurian continental shelf is a terrigenous platform characterized by variable extension and subsidence of the continental margin and thick accumulation of sediments originated by repeated sea-level oscillations. Its genesis and evolution occurred during the Plio-Quaternary, even if early erosive modelling in some sectors has been dated to the Late Miocene. The present morphology of the shelf is the result of transgressive–regressive Quaternary cycles. Using a high-resolution seismic grid of more than 1000 km, we have been able to define the seismostratigraphic characteristics of the Ligurian Sea shelf. On the basis of our studies, it has been possible to describe in detail the seismostratigraphy of the Late Quaternary and Holocene sediments that cover the shelf to various depths, in terms of sedimentary sources, for the purpose of distinguishing ‘relic’ deposits suitable for nourishing beaches undergoing erosion. From this detailed study of the evolution of the most superficial deposits, it is possible to distinguish between different sedimentary bodies deposited during a transgressive phase and located at a water depth ranging between 20 and 70 m; they are represented by relic sands cropping out at the sea bottom due to a relatively thin Holocene drape and could be explored for beach nourishment programmes.
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