Reevaluating the tectonic uplift of western Mount Carmel, Israel, since the middle Pleistocene

Dov Zviely, Ehud Galili, Avraham Ronen, Amos Salamon, Zvi Ben-Avraham

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Reevaluation of geological and archaeological evidence from western Mount Carmel constrains its maximal tectonic uplift since the Middle Pleistocene. Tabun Cave, presently 45 m above sea level (asl), revealed human occupation from about 600 ka to 90 ka before present. The 25 m thick archaeological strata at Tabun are composed of laminated fine sand, silt and clays. Moreover, no marine deposits were found in Tabun or nearby caves. Since sea level in the last 600 ka reached a maximal of 5 to 10 m asl, Tabun Cave could not have been uplifted since then by more than 35 to 40 m, that is a maximal average rate of 58 to 67 mm/ka.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-245
Number of pages7
JournalQuaternary Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Carmel coastal plain
  • Carmel fault
  • Eastern Mediterranean
  • MIS 5e
  • Sea-level changes
  • Tabun Cave

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (all)


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