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Title: Paleogeographic evolution of the Nazaré-Salgado coastal zone (Portugal) during the Holecene.
Authors: Ramos, Rute
Freitas, Conceição
Andrade, César
Dinis, Jorge
Cunha, Pedro
Henriques, Virgínia
Beleque, A.
Lopes, Vera
Keywords: Coastal plain, Holocene, coastal dunes
paleoenvironmental evolution
Issue Date: Jul-2011
Publisher: XVII INQUA, Bern, Suiça
Citation: Ramos, R., Freitas, C., Andrade, C.,Dinis,J., Cunha, P., Henriques, V., Beleque, A., Lopes, V. "Paleogeographic evolution of the Nazaré-Salgado coastal zone (Portugal) during the Holecene".Quaternary Sciences- the view from the mountains 21-27 July, XVIII INQUA BERN 2011 Switzerland, Bern, 1p.
Abstract: The Nazaré-Salgado coast develops NE-SW along 7km, some 100km north of Lisbon. About 5ka years ago, the Nazaré-Salgado coast formed the coastline of the Pederneira lagoon, with a rocky inlet connecting the sea and an inner basin that silted up in the late 17th century AD. Two cores were taken from the plains and four trenches dug in the southern dune ridges to validate GPR data; morphological changes since 1957 were interpreted using aerial photos. Results suggest that a sandy beach accreted in tune with the Holocene transgression, sea level having reached the cliff toe, as indicated by sequences of marine sand covering Plio-Pleistocene reddish to white azoic medium-fine sands. Stabilization of sea level and clastic availability favored progradation of this feature, later encircled by a north-growing hook spit, which developed recurves at the inlet area, where drifting of the inlet channel continuously reworked marine sand. Further south, the spit formation stopped the westward expansion of the beach plain and provided conditions for accretion of a 2.5m thick cap-deposit of sand and mud washed from the cliff. GPR data suggest that the spit developed in multiple phases, with several crests and slacks aligned with the coastline, locally interrupted by SE looking parabolic dunes, which covered a 14th century AD soil and previous aeolian features.
Type: lecture
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