Although themorphology and morphodynamics of modern tidal inlets have been analysed in a wealth of studies, these systems can be considered representative only for highstand conditions, while little is known about the characteristics and evolution of their transgressive counterparts. Through the analysis of high-resolution seismo-acoustic profiles, this work investigates a rare example of a preserved filled tidal inlet formed during the early Holocene on the continental shelf of the northern Adriatic Sea. The quantity and quality of the available data allowed a detailed reconstruction of the morphology and internal architecture of this feature. This 1.2 kmlong, 17 m-thick channelized scour formed in a microtidal environment between 9.0 and 9.5 kyr cal BP. The tidal prism is estimated to have been ca. 4.4 × 107m3. The internal geometry of the fillingmaterial shows no evidence of migration of the inlet, which lasted only for a few centuries and was soon after drowned by the sea transgression. This rapid evolution is in contrast with the millennial-scale lifespan of most of the modern highstand lagoon systems. Thiswork provides a newoutlook on the evolution of tidal inlets during phases ofmarine transgression and in relation to variable rates of sea-level rise. In many cases, paleo tidal inlets are the only witnesses of the presence of transgressive barrier-lagoon systems which had been completely eroded by the wave action after their submersion. These features represent therefore an important proxy to infer the position of the related coastline and to constrain the past relative sea level.

Anatomy of a transgressive tidal inlet reconstructed through high-resolution seismic profiling

Ronchi L.
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
;
Fontana A.
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
;
2019

Abstract

Although themorphology and morphodynamics of modern tidal inlets have been analysed in a wealth of studies, these systems can be considered representative only for highstand conditions, while little is known about the characteristics and evolution of their transgressive counterparts. Through the analysis of high-resolution seismo-acoustic profiles, this work investigates a rare example of a preserved filled tidal inlet formed during the early Holocene on the continental shelf of the northern Adriatic Sea. The quantity and quality of the available data allowed a detailed reconstruction of the morphology and internal architecture of this feature. This 1.2 kmlong, 17 m-thick channelized scour formed in a microtidal environment between 9.0 and 9.5 kyr cal BP. The tidal prism is estimated to have been ca. 4.4 × 107m3. The internal geometry of the fillingmaterial shows no evidence of migration of the inlet, which lasted only for a few centuries and was soon after drowned by the sea transgression. This rapid evolution is in contrast with the millennial-scale lifespan of most of the modern highstand lagoon systems. Thiswork provides a newoutlook on the evolution of tidal inlets during phases ofmarine transgression and in relation to variable rates of sea-level rise. In many cases, paleo tidal inlets are the only witnesses of the presence of transgressive barrier-lagoon systems which had been completely eroded by the wave action after their submersion. These features represent therefore an important proxy to infer the position of the related coastline and to constrain the past relative sea level.
2019
File in questo prodotto:
Non ci sono file associati a questo prodotto.
Pubblicazioni consigliate

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: https://hdl.handle.net/11577/3309227
Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus 9
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? 10
social impact