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Title: Large boulder deposits along the Maltese coasts
Authors: Baldassini, Niccolo
Biolchi, Sara
Furlani, Stefano
Antonioli, Fabrizio
Cucchi, Franco
Devoto, Stefano
Stefano, Agata di
Gambin, Timmy
Gauci, Ritienne
Monaco, Carmelo
Scicchitano, Giovanni
Keywords: Boulders -- Malta
Earthquakes -- Malta
Tsunami damage -- Malta
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Societa Geologica Italiana
Citation: Biolchi S., Furlani S., Baldassini N., Antonioli F., Cucchi F., Devoto S.,… Scicchitano G. (2014). Large boulder deposits along the Maltese coasts. Rendiconti Online - Societa Geologica Italiana, 31(1), 521.
Abstract: The accumulation of large boulders related to large waves generated by tsunami and extreme storm events have been observed in different areas of the Mediterranean Sea. Along the NE and E low-lying rocky coasts of Malta a tens of large boulder deposits have been observed (Furlani et al., 2011; Mottershead et al., 2014). In the Sicily-Malta channel heavy seas are frequent and are originated by the NE and NW winds. Few severe earthquakes and tsunamis hit historically the Maltese Archipelago, where the seismicity is related mainly to the Malta Escarpment, the Sicily Channel Rift Zone and the Hellenic Arc. A multidisciplinary study has been carried out on a large boulder deposit located between Armier Bay and Ahrax Point on the NE coast of Malta.
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