(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2009)

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Late Quaternary evolution of Mediterranean poljes - the Vatos case study (Akarnania, NW Greece) based on geo-scientific core analyses and IRSL dating


The main aims of this paper are : to document the late Quaternary palaeoenvironmental evolution of the Vatos polje; to assess the anthropogenic impact on landscape changes; and to set up a geochronological frame for the evolution of the polje. Four vibracores, up to 9 m long, were retrieved from the lower polje grounds and were studied by means of sedimentological, geochemical, micromorphological, mineralogical and geoarchaeological methods. Radiocarbon dating, archaeological age determination of diagnostic ceramic fragments and, for the first time, IRSL dating techniques were used to establish a local geochronological frame for the polje evolution. The results are discussed against the background of similar studies on late Quaternary polje evolution in the wider Mediterranean area. This paper shows that, due to the high quality of the morphodynamic, sedimentological and palaeoenvironmental data recovered, poljes represent highly valuable, so far often neglected geo-archives for the reconstruction of the landscape evolution in the Mediterranean


Article of periodic

published at : Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie / ISSN 0372-8854 / CODEN ZGMPAG

Editor : Gebruder Borntraeger, Stuttgart - ALLEMAGNE (1925)

Millesime : 2009, vol. 53, no2 [pp. 145-169]

Bibliographic references : 3,5 p.

Collation : 10 fig., 1 tabl.




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