Rendiconti Online della Società Geologica Italiana - Vol. 54/2021
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Pleistocene terracing phases in the metropolitan area of Bari - AAR dating and deduced uplift rates of the Apulian Foreland

Vincenzo De Santis (1), Giovanni Scardino (1), José E. Ortiz (2), Yolanda Sánchez-Palencia (2) & Massimo Caldara (1)
(1) Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra e Geoambientali, Via Orabona 4, Università degli Studi di Bari "Aldo Moro", 70125 Bari, Italy. (2) Biomolecular Stratigraphy Laboratory, Madrid School of Mines, C/Rios Rosas 21, E-28003 Madrid, Spain. Corresponding author e-mail:

Volume: 54/2021
Pages: 49-61


We performed detailed geological and geomorphological analyses on a series of marine terraces located around the city of Bari (southern Italy). Absolute dating was obtained by applying amino acid racemisation (AAR) to ostracod valves taken from deposits lying on marine terraces. The combination of literature data, field geological surveys, digital terrain model analysis, and absolute dating allowed us to recognise and map: i) four terrace surfaces bordered by four inner edges which date to MIS 7.5, 7.3, 7.1, and 5.5; and ii) three terraced deposits, which date to MIS 7.5, 7.1, and 5.5. These new data represent the first dated terraced deposits (older than MIS 5) of the coastal stretch of the Apulian foreland between Trani and Taranto. Using inner edges of the terraces as palaeo sea level markers, we calculate the mean uplift rates that characterised this portion of the Apulian foreland from MIS 7.5, 7.3, 7.1, 5.5 to the present day; these rates are 0.28, 0.255, 0.15 and 0.01 mm/y, respectively. These new dated Pleistocene terraced deposits allow to refine the knowledge on the chronology, the spatial extension and rate of the uplift and, in general, on the Pleistocene geodynamics of the Apulian foreland.


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