Potential and limits of combining studies of coarse- and fine-grained sediments for the coastal event history of a Caribbean carbonate environment

Scheffers, Anja M., Engel, Max, May, S. Matthias, Scheffers, Sander R., Joannes-Boyau, Renaud, Haenssler, Elke, Kennedy, Katharina, Kelletat, Dieter, Brueckner, Helmut, Voett, Andreas, Schellmann, Gerhard, Schaebitz, Frank, Radtke, Ulrich, Sommer, Brigitte, Willershaeuser, Timo and Felis, Thomas (2014) Potential and limits of combining studies of coarse- and fine-grained sediments for the coastal event history of a Caribbean carbonate environment. Geological Society Special Publication, 388 503-531. doi:10.1144/SP388.4


Author Scheffers, Anja M.
Engel, Max
May, S. Matthias
Scheffers, Sander R.
Joannes-Boyau, Renaud
Haenssler, Elke
Kennedy, Katharina
Kelletat, Dieter
Brueckner, Helmut
Voett, Andreas
Schellmann, Gerhard
Schaebitz, Frank
Radtke, Ulrich
Sommer, Brigitte
Willershaeuser, Timo
Felis, Thomas
Title Potential and limits of combining studies of coarse- and fine-grained sediments for the coastal event history of a Caribbean carbonate environment
Journal name Geological Society Special Publication   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0305-8719
2041-4927
Publication date 2014-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1144/SP388.4
Open Access Status
Volume 388
Start page 503
End page 531
Total pages 29
Editor I. P. Martini
H. R. Wanless
Place of publication Bath, Avon, United Kingdom
Publisher Geological Society Publishing House
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract The coastal deposits of Bonaire, Leeward Antilles, are among the most studied archives for extreme-wave events (EWEs) in the Caribbean. Here we present more than 400 electron spin resonance (ESR) and radiocarbon data on coarse-clast deposits from Bonaire’s eastern and western coasts. The chronological data are compared to the occurrence and age of fine-grained extremewave deposits detected in lagoons and floodplains. Both approaches are aimed at the identification of EWEs, the differentiation between extraordinary storms and tsunamis, improving reconstructions of the coastal evolution, and establishing a geochronological framework for the events. Although the combination of different methods and archives contributes to a better understanding of the interplay of coastal and archive-related processes, insufficient separation, superimposition or burying of coarse-clast deposits and restricted dating accuracy limit the use of both fine grained and coarse-clast geoarchives to unravel decadal- to centennial-scale events. At several locations, distinct landforms are attributed to different coastal flooding events interpreted to be of tsunamigenic origin. Coastal landforms on the western coast have significantly been influenced by (sub)-recent hurricanes, indicating that formation of the coarse-clast deposits on the eastern coast is likely to be related to past events of higher energy.
Keyword Bonaire Netherlands-Antilles
Coral-Reef Terraces
Tsunami
Sea
Hurricanes
Boulders
Thailand
Deposits
Curacao
Impacts
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes From: Martini, I. P. & Wanless, H. R. (eds) 2014. Sedimentary Coastal Zones from High to Low Latitudes: Similarities and Differences. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 388, 503–531

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