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Coral Reefs

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 57–68 | Cite as

Late Holocene sea level indicators from twelve atolls in the central and eastern Tuamotus (Pacific Ocean)

  • P. A. Pirazzoli
  • L. F. Montaggioni
  • B. Salvat
  • G. Faure
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Abstract

New sea-level data for the late Holocene period are reported from twelve atolls of the Tuamotu archipelago: Faaite, Hikueru, Marokau, Hao, Amanu, Tatakoto, Pukarua, Nukutavake, Vairaatea, Tureia, Nukutipipi, and Hereheretue. The data come from coral conglomerate outcrops, coral colonies in growth position, in situ reef framework and marine notches; they give consistent results, and their ages are controlled by 29 radiocarbon datings. The Holocene MSL remained 0.8±0.2 m higher than at present, from before 4000 years BP until at least 1500 years BP, then dropped gradually to the present level. This pattern is very similar to that reported from the northwest Tuamotus, suggesting the absence of measurable differential vertical movements over a distance greater than 1300 km during the late Holocene. Effects of the 1983 cyclones on reef morphology are reported from some atolls and radiocarbon dates of some storm-generated reef blocks are given.

Keywords

Cyclone Holocene Atoll Radiocarbon Date Coral Coloni 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. A. Pirazzoli
    • 1
    • 4
  • L. F. Montaggioni
    • 2
    • 4
  • B. Salvat
    • 3
    • 4
  • G. Faure
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.(CNRS)ParisFrance
  2. 2.Université de la RéunionSainte-Clotilde, Réunion IslandFrance DOM
  3. 3.Laboratoire de Biologie Marine et Malacologie, E.P.H.E., Centre Biol. Ecol. Trop. Méd.Université de PerpignanPerpignan CédexFrance
  4. 4.Centre de l'Environnement de MooreaAntenne Museum-EPHEMooreaFrench Polynesia

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