The chronostratigraphy of a quaternary sequence at the distal part of the nile littoral cell, Haifa Bay, Israel
Article first published online: 1 AUG 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Quaternary Science
Volume 27, Issue 7, pages 675–686, October 2012
How to Cite
Avnaim-Katav, S., Almogi-Labin, A., Sandler, A., Sivan, D., Porat, N. and Matmon, A. (2012), The chronostratigraphy of a quaternary sequence at the distal part of the nile littoral cell, Haifa Bay, Israel. J. Quaternary Sci., 27: 675–686. doi: 10.1002/jqs.2537
- Issue published online: 8 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 1 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 16 JAN 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 9 JAN 2012
- Manuscript Received: 23 AUG 2011
- Haifa Bay;
- inner shelf;
- sea–land transition zone
The current detailed chronostratigraphic framework of the last 1 Ma of an eastern Mediterranean sequence (Haifa Bay, Israel) aims to examine the relative roles of sea-level changes, climate and tectonics. Seven continuous marine cores, up to ∼120 m long, were recovered from shallow water depths. The cores were dated by optically stimulated luminescence, 14C, magnetostratigraphy, 230Th/234U, 26Al/10Be, occurrence of index fossils and correlated to the global sea-level curve and Marine Isotope Stages (MIS). The sedimentary sequence accumulated during the last ca. 1.0 Ma consists of 21 transgression–regression units with hiatuses between them. Five marine/terrestrial cycles, which occur in the lower part of the sequence, are attributed to the Jaramillo subchron and the Brunhes–Matuyama boundary, and correspond to MIS 29–21. The top ∼50 m includes three sedimentary cycles deposited in the last ca. 400 ka. The regressive phases during this interval correspond to Glacial MIS 8, 6 and 2, while the transgressions correspond to Interglacial MIS 11, 7, 5 and 1. Thus, for the first time, this study documents the longest Quaternary succession dated so far in a key area of the Levant, sensitive to global history of sea-level changes and glacial/interglacial fluctuations. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.