(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2009 - 2010)

Document title

Mechanism of salt contamination of karstic springs related to the Messinian Deep Stage. The speleological model of Port Miou (France)

published at : Karst systems : dynamics, evolution, paleoenvironmental recordings and natural hazards. Special issue

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

CAVALERA T. (1) ; GILLI E. (2 3) ; MAMINDY-PAJANY Y. (4 5) ; MARMIER N. (4) ;
(1) Univ. provence, Marseille, FRANCE
(2) Dep. Géographie, Univ. Paris 8, Saint-Denis, FRANCE
(3) UMR ESPACE 6012, Nice, FRANCE
(4) LSRAE, Univ. Sophia Antipolis, Nice, FRANCE
(5) ECOMERS/EA 4228, Univ., Nice, FRANCE


The Port Miou system (Cassis, France) is a long submarine gallery developped in the limestone series of Calanques (Marseille, France). Its speleological exploration suggests a deep karstic system higly polluted by seawater. The strong geochemical signature of the titanium in the surface sediment supports the model of a sea water aspiration in a deep gallery connected to the Cassidaigne canyon. This speleological model of sea aspiration explains why all the attempts to diminish the salinity of the brackish spring by construction of a dam have failed


Thematical fascicle

published at : Geodinamica acta / ISSN 0985-3111

Editor : Taylor & Francis, Abingdon - ROYAUME-UNI (1987)

Millesime : 2009 - 2010, vol. 22-23, no 5-6/1-3 [pp. 15-28]

Bibliographic references : 41 ref.

Collation : fig., tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 21088

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