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Raised marine sequences of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura revisited —a reappraisal of relative sea- level changes and vertical movements in the eastern Canary Islands during the Quaternary

Zazo Cardeña , Caridad and Goy Goy, José Luis and Hillaire-Marcel, Claude and Guillot, Pierre-Yvot and Soler Javaloyes, Vicente and González Delgado, José Ángel and Dabrio, Cristino J. and Ghaleb, B. (2002) Raised marine sequences of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura revisited —a reappraisal of relative sea- level changes and vertical movements in the eastern Canary Islands during the Quaternary. Quaternary science review, 21 (18-19). pp. 2019-2046. ISSN 0277-3791

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Abstract

Systematic mapping and morphosedimentary analysis of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote Islands supported by laboratory
techniques (U-series mostly by TIMS, 14C analysis and allo-isoleucine measurements on biogenic carbonates from raised marine
deposits, paleomagnetic and a few K/Ar measurements on volcanic formations related to marine deposits) provide a basis for
constraining the age of Late Cainozoic marine units. The most complete sequences of raised marine terraces are found at similar
elevations in both islands. They include up to 12 marine terraces (Episodes) at elevations between 0m and 70m above mean sea level
(asl). At least six terraces should be of Quaternary age, and more recent than 1.2 Myr. Throughout the whole marine sequence with
the exception of the Holocene terrace, the warm fauna assemblage is characterized by the presence of Ostrea virleti, Nerita emiliana,
and Strombus (S. cf. coronatus–S. cf. bubonius). However, there is a major change, highlighted by the disappearance of the first two
species, below the 8–10m terrace, that could possibly correspond to MIS 11. K–Ar measurements allow an estimate for mean uplift
rate of 1.7 cm/ka during the last million years. The present elevation of the Last Interglacial deposits (about 1 and 2masl) shows
discontinuous vertical movements with possibly a reverse trend since MIS 9 in eastern Canary Islands

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Lanzarote; Fuerteventura; Canary Islands; Quaternary; Marine terraces; Level changes
Subjects:Sciences > Geology > Stratigraphic geology
ID Code:11359
Deposited On:20 Oct 2010 12:25
Last Modified:20 Oct 2010 12:25

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