The mid-Holocene sea-level change in the Arabian Gulf

Mauz, Barbara ORCID: 0000-0003-1504-333X, Shen, Zhixiong, Alsuwaidi, Mohammad, Mellini, Daniele, Spada, Giorgio and Purkis, Sam J
(2022) The mid-Holocene sea-level change in the Arabian Gulf. HOLOCENE, 32 (11). pp. 1173-1183.

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<jats:p> The mid-Holocene sea-level highstand is a well-known phenomenon in sea-level science, yet the knowledge on the highstand’s spatial and temporal distribution remains incomplete. Here we study the southwest coast of the Arabian-Persian Gulf where a mid-Holocene sea-level highstand and subsequent sea-level fall may have occurred due to the Earth crustal response to meltwater load. Sea-level indicators were established using standard facies analysis and error calculations, then constrained through glacio-isostatic adjustment (GIA) modelling and though procedures based on Gaussian Process and exponential decay analysis. This work allowed to identify the highstand at 1.6 ± 0.4 m occurring 6.7–6.0 ka, in excellent agreement with GIA model results. The subsequent shoreline migration followed the geophysical constraint by prograding in line with the sea-level fall until around 3 ka. Then, the strength of the external control weakened and internal processes, in particular sediment binding through microbial activity, started controlling the geometry of the accommodation space. </jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: biostabiliser, carbonate facies, carbonate ramp, glacio-isostatic adjustment, prograding shoreline, sea-level highstand
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2022 16:40
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 19:48
DOI: 10.1177/09596836221114291
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