27 Nov 2020

27 Nov 2020

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MIS 5e sea-level proxies in the eastern Mediterranean coastal region

Barbara Mauz1,2, Dorit Sivan3, and Ehud Galili4 Barbara Mauz et al.
  • 1School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, L69 7ZT, UK
  • 2Department of Geology and Geography, University of Salzburg, Salzburg, 5020, Austria
  • 3Maritime Civilizations Department, L. Charney School of Marine Sciences, University of Haifa, Israel
  • 4Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa, 199 Aba-Khoushi Avenue, Mount Carmel, Haifa, 3498838, Israel

Abstract. Mediterranean raised beaches were subject to Quaternary research since the early years of the 20th century. The uniqueness of a warm-loving molluscs fauna immigrating into the Mediterranean made the coastline a prime subject for studying Quaternary sea-level changes. Today, we have a detailed picture of this historically important coastline characterised by tectonically dormant coastal zone alternating with zones that are subject to subsidence or uplift. As part of the Word Atlas of last interglacial shorelines (WALIS) database we compiled 21 MIS 5e proxies for the for the eastern Mediterranean area available at (Israel; Sivan and Galili, 2020) and at (Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia; Mauz, 2020). All these datapoints are sea-level indicators of variable quality situated between −1 ± 4 m and 7 ± 2 m resulting in a reconstructed MIS 5e palaeo-sea level situated between −1 ± 4 m and 13 ± 10 m.

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The last interglacial sea-level record of the Israeli coastline - WALIS database of sea-level indicators D. Sivan and E. Galili

Database of last interglacial sea-level proxies in the eastern Mediterranean B. Mauz

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Short summary
Raised beaches have long been used to infer past sea-level fluctuations. Here we review data associated with such sea-level indicators for the eastern Mediterranean. Our standardised compilation of geological data confirm, albeit with large uncertainties, the position of the last interglacial sea level at around 5 m above modern sea level as predicted by various geophysical models.