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The changing Maltese soil environment: evidence from the ancient cart tracks at San Pawl Tat-Tarġa, Naxxar

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Derek Mottershead
Derek Mottershead
Department of Geography, University of Portsmouth, Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 3HE, UK
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Paul Farres
Paul Farres
Department of Geography, University of Portsmouth, Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 3HE, UK
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Alastair Pearson
Alastair Pearson
Department of Geography, University of Portsmouth, Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 3HE, UK
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Published:
January 01, 2010

Abstract

The historic cart ruts of Malta are incised into the underlying bedrock topography. Anomalous relationships between their routeways and the uneven terrain beneath suggest that they originated on a land surface different from that of today. An exposure close to a cart-rut location near Naxxar reveals evidence of limestone terrain development and its role in the evolution of the cart-rut patterns. Specifically, it reveals that cart trackways were most probably superimposed from a soil cover onto an underlying bedrock surface topographically different from the former soil surface. A model is developed demonstrating likely relationships between human activity, soil erosion and trackway evolution leading to the incision of the trackways into the bedrock.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Limestone in the Built Environment: Present-Day Challenges for the Preservation of the Past

B. J. Smith
B. J. Smith
Queen's University, Belfast, UK
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M. Gomez-Heras
M. Gomez-Heras
Queen's University, Belfast, UK Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Instituto de GeologÓa EconÓmica (CSIC-UCM), Spain
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H. A. Viles
H. A. Viles
Oxford University Centre for the Environment, UK
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J. Cassar
J. Cassar
University of Malta, Malta
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Geological Society of London
Volume
331
ISBN electronic:
9781862395794
Publication date:
January 01, 2010

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