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Structure, composition and significance of Medieval storm beach ridges at Caerlaverock, Dumfries and Galloway

Richard Tipping and James Adams
Structure, composition and significance of Medieval storm beach ridges at Caerlaverock, Dumfries and Galloway
Scottish Journal of Geology (2007) 43, Part 2: 115-123

Abstract

A set of four gravel beach ridges at Caerlaverock on the north shore of the Solway Firth are shown to have formed in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries AD, the most recent such deposits on this coast. They were investigated by geomorphological mapping, altitudinal survey, sediment stratigraphic and clast lithological analyses to establish their internal structure and sediment sources. Gravel clasts were in part transported from rock outcrops on the west side of the Nith Estuary, and this observation implies that the current estuarine sediment fills of the inner firth were then far less extensive. The data suggest that the Medieval period was one of major coastal change. Fluctuations in sediment supply are demonstrated from the clast lithological analyses which may relate to shifts in the directions of storm tracks.


ISSN: 0036-9276
EISSN: 2041-4951
Coden: SJGEAX
Serial Title: Scottish Journal of Geology
Serial Volume: 43, Part 2
Title: Structure, composition and significance of Medieval storm beach ridges at Caerlaverock, Dumfries and Galloway
Affiliation: Stirling University, School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Stirling, United Kingdom
Pages: 115-123
Published: 2007
Text Language: English
Publisher: Scottish Academic Press, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
References: 23
Accession Number: 2008-032579
Categories: Geomorphology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 6 tables, geol. sketch maps
N54°58'60" - N54°58'60", W03°31'00" - W03°31'00"
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2018, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from The Geological Society, London, London, United Kingdom
Update Code: 200810
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