, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 77–85 | Cite as

Main trends of Palau Islands' coastal evolution, identified by air and ground truthing

  • Kelletat Dieter 


The Palau islands' (Western Carolines, Micronesia) main trends of coastal evolution comprise: rise and submergence of a mid-ocean ridge; four reef building phases (Miocene to Holocene); tilting and uplift; karstification into tropical cockpit karst forms. Extensive mangrove tidal flats are also developed. Their sediments as well as the well developed bioerosive notches on the rock islands indicate a remarkable stability in an area of seismic activity and active subduction.


Environmental Management Holocene Miocene Subduction Seismic Activity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kelletat Dieter 
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  1. 1.Inst. f. GeographieUniversität EssenEssenGermany

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