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Current depositional environments at the Dead Sea margins as indicators of past lake levels

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Y. Bartov
Y. Bartov
The Institute of Earth Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem 91904, Israel, and Dead Sea Research Center, Neve Zohar, Dead Sea Post 86910, Israel
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R. Bookman
R. Bookman
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, 13244, USA
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Y. Enzel
Y. Enzel
The Institute of Earth Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem 91904, Israel
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Published:
January 01, 2006

The Dead Sea Basin, with its various depositional environments, provides excellent field settings for analyzing sedimentary facies distribution through time and space. This continental rift basin is bounded by steep escarpments, with narrow zones of onshore environments, including fluvial streams, mudflats, and shore and fan-deltas, as well as a variety of offshore environments. Rapid twentieth century lake-level declines and infrequent lake-level rises, involving modern shoreline regressions and telescoping coarse clastic deltas provide a rare opportunity to combine and compare modern to Pleistocene sedimentary sequences in one basin.

Here we explore the sedimentary attributes of the various depositional environments along the present Dead Sea Basin. Comparison between observed processes and the older depositional systems provides a means for understanding similar depositional systems here and in other rift basins for purposes of sequence analysis, lakes level reconstruction, and geomorphic response to climate.

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GSA Special Papers

New Frontiers in Dead Sea Paleoenvironmental Research

Yehouda Enzel
Yehouda Enzel
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Amotz Agnon
Amotz Agnon
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Mordechai Stein
Mordechai Stein
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Geological Society of America
Volume
401
ISBN print:
9780813724010
Publication date:
January 01, 2006

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