Quaternary and Holocene coastal uplift in Ikaria Island, Aegean Sea

Stathis C. Stiros, J. Laborel, F. Laborel-Deguen, C. Morhange

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Geomorphological, biological and AMS radiocarbon dating provide evidence of an about lm high elevated palaeo-shoreline at the NE coast of Ikaria Island,Aegean Sea, and to a seismic uplift which occurred after AD950-1150 and was probably responsible for damage in an ancient tower. These data are important for several reasons. They provide evidence for a strong earthquake in an island usually assumed aseismic, coastal uplifts and coastal fauna are scarce in this region, while the Late Holocene uplift correlates with a flight of marine terraces of probably Quaternary age, at least up to 40m high. Long-term uplift is not observed at the footwall of a fault bounding a major graben north of Ikaria, it represents a structural puzzle and it may help to shed some light to the evolution of various extensional terranes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-131
Number of pages9
JournalGeodinamica Acta
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Aegean Sea
  • Ikaria
  • coastal fauna
  • coastal uplift
  • earthquake
  • normal faulting.
  • terraces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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