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Dome Dunes on the Inner to Middle Shelf Transition on a Temperate-Water Carbonate Sediment Shelf. Pitiusas Islands

  • J. RiveraEmail author
  • L. Pomar
  • N. Hermida
  • G. Mateu
  • J. Acosta
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Abstract

Ibiza and Formentera, also known as the Pitiusas Islands, are the westernmost islands of the Balearic archipelago in the western Mediterranean Sea. Around them, typical temperate-water carbonate shelves occur. Particular sedimentary processes take place on these shelves, where the lack of a significant terrigenous sediment supply and a microtidal regime reinforces the importance of seagrass meadows and wind-driven coastal currents in the sediment dynamics. The dome dune field described here is placed just downslope of a centuries-old Posidonia oceanica meadow close to a shallow passage between two islands where wind-driven currents are particularly important.

Keywords

Sediment waves Inner shelf Carbonates Sand waves Dome dunes Western Mediterranean Internal waves 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Rivera
    • 1
    Email author
  • L. Pomar
    • 2
  • N. Hermida
    • 1
  • G. Mateu
    • 2
  • J. Acosta
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto Español de Oceanografia, IEOMadridSpain
  2. 2.Càtedra “Guillem Colom Casasnovas”Edifici Guillem Colom Casasnovas - Universitat de les illes BalearsPalma de MallorcaSpain

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