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See detailGeochemistry and mineralogy approaches to characterize brick and its lake sediments sources: Antioch Roman City (Southern Turkey)
El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Benjelloun, Yacine et al

Poster (2016, July)

The Roman aqueduct of Antioch-on-the-Orontes (Southern Turkey) is situated close to the Antioch city. This last is located near the Amik Lake (Lake of Antioch) and close to the junction between the active ... [more ▼]

The Roman aqueduct of Antioch-on-the-Orontes (Southern Turkey) is situated close to the Antioch city. This last is located near the Amik Lake (Lake of Antioch) and close to the junction between the active Dead Sea fault and the East Anatolian fault. During the Roman period, the Amik Plain was more densely occupied than at any time in its history [1]. The study focuses on the bricks and the lake sediments characterization in order to determine the source area as well as the technical production used at this period. For this purpose, several bricks were sampled on different parts of the city's aqueducts. Furthermore, a core of about 6 m of sediments was also collected from the dried Amik Lake. The bricks were characterized through a mineralogical (XRD) and chemical (PIXE-PIGE) approaches. Unfired clay fraction remained as inclusion in the brick was separated and then analysed using XRD. Geochemical composition and clay mineralogy were performed on the raw sediments from the Amik Lake in order to compare the source area. Technological test will be performed on the raw clay sediments from the Amik Lake in the purpose to understand the production techniques used at this time. The age of the brick production was previously dated to the Roman Period [2]. The synthesis of all the data attested the Amik Lake sediment as the raw material for the bricks of the aqueduct. Clay mineral composition from the Roman period deposited in the lake is smectite, illite, kaolinite and small amount of mixed-layer clays. The similar clays composition is found in the remained clays on the brick used for the aqueduct construction. Fast and heterogeneous firing practice characterized the manufacturing of these materials due to the rapid need for the materials during the post-seismic repairs after earthquakes that are mentioned in historical written works. [1] J. Casana, Geomorphology, 101, 429-442 (2008) [2] Y. Benjelloun, J. de Sigoyer, J. Carlut, A. Hubert-Ferrari, H. Dessales, H. Pamir, V. Karabacak, Comptes Rendus Geoscience, 347, 170-180 (2015) [less ▲]

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See detailPaleoenvironmental implications in the dried lake sediments (Amik Lake, Southern Turkey)
El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Vander Auwera, Jacqueline ULg et al

Poster (2016, July)

The Amik Basin in the Eastern Mediterranean region has been continuously inhabited since 6000 – 7000 BC. The study focuses on the sedimentary record of the Amik Lake located in the central part of the ... [more ▼]

The Amik Basin in the Eastern Mediterranean region has been continuously inhabited since 6000 – 7000 BC. The study focuses on the sedimentary record of the Amik Lake located in the central part of the basin. Our objective is to constrain major paleo-environmental changes in the area over the last 4000 years and to unravel possible human impacts on the sedimentation. A diverse array of complementary methods was applied on the 6 m long record. Mineralogical (XRD), and geochemical (XRF) analyses were performed. The age of the record is constrained combining radionuclide and radiocarbon dating. A high sedimentation rate of 0.12 cm/yr was inferred at the studied site. The 4000 years (since ~1800 BC) long record shows that significant fluctuations of the lake level and the riverine system inflow into the Amik Lake occurred. The Late Bronze lowstand led to punctual dryings of the lake at the end of the Bronze/Iron Age transition. At that time, the rivers yielded a large terrigenous input linked to strong soil erosion related mainly to deforestation and exploitation of mineral resources. During the Roman and later periods, upland soils were partly depleted and the riverine system completely transformed by channelization (anthropic) that led to a marshification of the Amik Basin [1]. Chemical and mineralogical composition of sediments is quite diversified reflecting the significant geological variation of drainage basins. Periods with strong aggradation linked to major increase in erosion were identified and characterized by high amount of Cr, Ni and Zr. Levels relatively rich in fluorite, richterite, enstatite, hornblende and chrysotile are a result of the erosion of the ophiolitic rocks from the surrounding Amanos Mountains. These levels are interpreted as periods of relatively high physical erosion, while more humid periods led to more intensive weathering. Consequently, the dominance of kaolinite, muscovite/illite and talc indicates a climate with contrasting seasons. During the most recent period a marked increase in terrigenous minerals associated with a rise in dolomite indicates ungoing erosion as well as the drying-out of the lake. [1] T.J. Wilkinson, L. Rayne, Water History, 2, 115-144 (2010). [less ▲]

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See detailDepositional Sequences of the Late Pleistocene Shoreline System, Bor Basin, Southern-Central Anatolia: Implications for Reconstructing Lake Level Changes
Bayer Altın, Türkan; El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Fagel, Nathalie ULg

Conference (2016, May 08)

The Bor Basin is located in the east part of the Konya-Ereğli Plain occupied by Pleistocene lake (Fig. 1). Paleo-shoreline deposits rising western margins of the basin marked the former extent of a now ... [more ▼]

The Bor Basin is located in the east part of the Konya-Ereğli Plain occupied by Pleistocene lake (Fig. 1). Paleo-shoreline deposits rising western margins of the basin marked the former extent of a now desiccated Late Pleistocene Lake. This study evaluates the former lake level changes and the sequential evolution of a shoreline system that developed at the western margin with lacustrine fills of the Bor paleolake near Zengen settlement. The fills belongs to alluvial fans formed by streams coming from the high volcanic mountains located within the northern part of the basin. The sediment sequence of the fan reflects receded and extended levels of the former lake. 23 samples were obtained at the sand-quarry representing of various facies of the lacustrine fills. These samples were analyzed for mineralogical characterization, using XRD and their CaCO3 values were quantified. According to analysis, three evident different phases of weathering were distinguished in this deposit (Fig. 2). Weathering conditions occurred at the bottom of the profile (level 7) with the appearance of the vermiculite and illite/smectite mixed layer clays. Aridification phases occurred at the level of sample 16 with the appearance of the palygorskite. At the shallow levels from the samples 21 to 22, another aridification phase occurred attested by the appearance of the palygorskite, the mixed layers clays (illite/smectite) and the neoformation of the chlorite by weathering. The palygorskite occurrence showed only in the clay fraction (<2µm) associated with dolomite levels which support its secondary formation during dry periods and pedogenetic transformation. Pedogenesis conditions were attested also by the presence of the mixed layers clays at those levels. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards a better understanding of ephemeral stream morphodynamics during the last 100 ka in the vicinity of the prehistoric site of Ifri n’Ammar (Morocco)
Bartz, Melanie; Rhixon; Khel, Martin et al

Conference (2016, April 17)

Our study focusses on the ephemeral stream deposits of Wadi Selloum to reconstruct the palaeoenvironmental evolution in direct vicinity of the rock shelter Ifri n’Ammar. As one of the oldest settlement ... [more ▼]

Our study focusses on the ephemeral stream deposits of Wadi Selloum to reconstruct the palaeoenvironmental evolution in direct vicinity of the rock shelter Ifri n’Ammar. As one of the oldest settlement sites of anatomically modern humans (AMH) in North Africa, Ifri n’Ammar documents periodical occupations since ~170 ka. Since these discontinuous settlement dynamics may be related to or influenced by landscape changes and climate forcing, our study aims (i) to identify phases of morphodynamic activity and stability in the deposits of Wadi Selloum by using micromorphological (sixteen thin sections), sedimentological (laser diffractometry, loss on ignition, magnetic susceptibility), geochemical ( XRF and Scheibler method) and mineralogical (X-ray diffractometry) proxies. Furthermore, (ii) a robust chronology for the ephemeral stream deposits is established by applying a combination of optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) and post infrared stimulated luminescence (pIRIR290) dating. Additionally, one collected pottery shard was dated by thermoluminescence (TL) dating for an inter method comparison. The application of luminescence dating techniques to Wadi Selloum deposits yielded burial ages between 1.3 ± 0.2 ka and 102 ± 8 ka covering different phases of morphodynamically stable and active phases. Enhanced aggradation is evident between ~100 and 60 ka, ~21 and 14 ka and during the Holocene. Overbank fines are distinguished by high amounts of allochthonous minerals such as quartz, muscovite, K-feldspar and plagioclase which give rise to higher eolian activity. This leads to the suggestion that morphodynamical activity was dominant during more arid phases. Landscape stability was observed in form of one palaeosol (2B-2C-sequence; OIS 3) and a recent soil (Ap/Ah-Bw-Bk-BC-C-sequence; after LGM), both attributed to the Calcisol group. Pedogenenesis is evident in thin sections by well-developed subangular blocky peds. The main soil forming process is secondary carbonate precipitation in subsoil horizons, supported by pedofeatures such as calcite infillings and hypocoatings. Holocene deposits (6.4 ± 4 to 1.3 ± 0.2 ka) seem to be affected by short-termed changes between landscape stability and hydromorphic activity due to strong variations in its mineralogical and geochemical characteristics. This is supported by a homogeneous and sterile stratigraphy, as well as an insignificant differentiation in soil horizons with only weakly developed pedofeatures. The sediment characteristics present a weak Ap-C-sequence of a calcaric Fluvisol. After ~1.3 ± 0.2 ka fluvial discharge was reduced and incision took place in the Wadi Selloum. Our study provides first insights in the palaeoenvironment around Ifri n’Ammar during the last glacial interglacial cycle and gives first suggestions about climatic conditions during the time of human occupation in Ifri n’Ammar. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical and mineralogical proxies of erosion episodes in the dried lake sediments (Amik Lake, Southern Turkey): paleoenvironmental implications
El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Lebeau, Héléne et al

Poster (2016, April 17)

The Amik Basin in the Eastern Mediterranean region has been continuously occupied since 6000-7000 BC. The landscape has sustained with highly variable anthropic pressure culminating during the Late Roman ... [more ▼]

The Amik Basin in the Eastern Mediterranean region has been continuously occupied since 6000-7000 BC. The landscape has sustained with highly variable anthropic pressure culminating during the Late Roman Period when the Antioch city reached its golden age. The basin also sustained a high seismic activity (M≥7) as it is a releasing step-over along the Dead Sea Fault. The study focuses on the sedimentary record of the Amik Lake occupying the central part of the Basin. Our objective is to constrain major paleo-environmental changes in the area over the last 4000 years and to unravel possible human impacts on the sedimentation. A diverse array of complementary methods was applied on the 6 m long record. High resolution of mineralogical (XRD) and geochemical (XRF) analyses were performed. Quantitative mineralogical phases of sediments by the Rietveld method were computed using Topaz software. The age of the record is constrained combining radionuclide and radiocarbon dating, and checked using the correlation between the earthquake history and rapidly deposited layer identified. A high sedimentation rate of 0.12 cm/yr was inferred at the coring site. The 4000 years old record shows that significant fluctuations of the lake level and the riverine system inflow into the Amik Lake occurred. The Late Bronze lowstand leaded to punctual dryings of the lake at the end of the Bronze/Iron transition marked by the collapse of the Hittite Empire and during the Dark ages. At that time, the riverine was carrying a large terrigenous input linked to strong soil erosion related to deforestation, exploitation of mineral resources and the beginning of upland cultivation. During the Roman Period and in the later periods, upland soils were partly depleted and the riverine system completely transformed by channelization that leaded to a mashification of the Amik Basin. Chemical and mineralogical composition of sediments is quite diversified reflecting the significant geological variation of drainage basins. Abundant calcareous minerals, especially calcite, aragonite, dolomite and small amount of wollastonite characterize the different sedimentary levels recorded in the lake. Levels relatively rich in fluorite, richerite, enstatite, and wollastonite are a result of the erosion of the ophiolitic rocks from the surrounding Amanos Mountains. These levels are interpreted as corresponding to relatively high erosive periods, while more humid periods lead to more intensive weathering and consequently to the dominance of kaolinite, muscovite/illite and talc more advanced in the relative stability scale, indicating a climate with contrasting seasons. During the most recent Period a marked increase in terrigeneous minerals associated with a rise in dolomite indicates ungoing erosion as well as the drying-out of the lake. [less ▲]

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See detailContrasted terrace systems of the lower Moulouya valley as indicator of crustal deformation in NE Morocco
Rhixon, Gilles; Bartz, Melanie; El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg et al

Conference (2016, April 17)

The Moulouya has the largest catchment in Morocco and drains an area which is characterized by active crustal deformation during the Late Cenozoic due to the convergence between the African and Eurasian ... [more ▼]

The Moulouya has the largest catchment in Morocco and drains an area which is characterized by active crustal deformation during the Late Cenozoic due to the convergence between the African and Eurasian plates. As yet, its Pleistocene terrace sequence remains poorly documented. Our study focuses on the lowermost reach of the river in NE Morocco, which drains the Triffa sedimentary basin directly upstream of the estuary. New field observations, measurements and sedimentological data reveal contrasted fluvial environments on either side of a newly identified thrust zone, which disrupts the whole sedimentary basin and is associated with N–S compressive shortening in this region. Long-lasting fluvial aggradation, materialized by ≥37 m-thick stacked fill terraces, and the development of a well-preserved terrace staircase, with (at least) three Pleistocene terrace levels, occur in the footwall and the hanging wall of the thrust, respectively. Same as for the Pleistocene terrace sediments of the middle Moulouya, a recurrent sedimentary pattern, characterized by fining-upward sequences was observed in the studied terrace profiles. Assessing the rates of crustal deformation along this main thrust zone requires age estimations for these Pleistocene terrace deposits of the lower Moulouya on each side of the thrust. Samples for luminescence (OSL/IRSL), electron spin resonance (ESR) and cosmogenic nuclide dating (26Al/10Be, burial dating) were collected in terrace deposits located both in the foot- and hanging walls. Sample preparation and analysis as well as age determination are in progress. The preliminary data mentioned above, soon to be completed by chronological data, agree well with morphometric indicators stating that the whole Moulouya catchment is at disequilibrium state (Barcos et al., 2014). This is confirmed by several knickpoints in its longitudinal profile. Late Cenozoic uplift associated with crustal shortening, which occurred in the lowermost reach of the river, may have both hindered profile rectification of the Moulouya and, at the same time, buffered the effects of long-term base-level changes due to eustatic sea-level variations. [less ▲]

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See detailLandslides' mechanism and evolution in the western Rwanda
Draidia, Salah ULg; El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Dewitte, Olivier et al

Scientific conference (2016, January 27)

Landslides' mechanism and evolution in the western Rwanda Salah DRAIDIA1,*, Meriam EL OUAHABI1, Olivier DEWITTE2, Nathalie Fagel1, Hans Balder HAVENITH1 1 Institution 1 University of Liège Department of ... [more ▼]

Landslides' mechanism and evolution in the western Rwanda Salah DRAIDIA1,*, Meriam EL OUAHABI1, Olivier DEWITTE2, Nathalie Fagel1, Hans Balder HAVENITH1 1 Institution 1 University of Liège Department of Geology Street, n° 4000 Liège Belgium 2 Institution 2 Royal Museum of Central Africa Department of Geomogy Tervuren Belgium *Corresponding author: sdraidia@gmail.com, Département de Géologie, Quartier Agora, Allée du six Août, 14, B- 4000 LIEGE (Sart Tilman) Tel +32 0497351617 Keywords: mass movement, landslides, landscape evolution, geohazard,. Abstract The mass movement, and especially the instability of the soil and rocks, play a significant role in the changing aspect and the evolution of the landscape worldwide and particularly in tropical region. In Central Africa the landslides and others kind of instabilities are very frequent, important and represent a real threat for both population and economy. The case of Rwanda is remarkable, this country which is known as the country of thousand hills, is rich of various and very complex morphology caracterized by very steep slopes crossed by a dense network of watercourse, powered by a considerable amount of precipitation distributed in two wet seasons. The growing economy of the country brings a lot of project of infrastructures and mines and quarries exploitation (embankments and cuttings) which have a strong impact on the triggering of huge instabilities and so the modification of landscape. These instabilities and the intense activity of the rivers and streams could be considered as the engine who control the shaping and the remodeling of the landform. To understand the evolution process of these instabilities, and then the landscape change we started by the mapping of the instabilities using satellite images and then we went on the field to validate the inventory to identify the morphological aspect of the terrain, to refine our knowledge of the geological nature of the materials by sedimentological analyses on selected samples, and of course to try to better know the impact of the rock's weathering process leading to the constant modification of the landform. The computer-based quantitative analyses using GIS's data processing, were carried out to help to understand the distribution of the instabilities and the geomorphological phenomena observed to better connect and explain the whole information collected. The aim of the study is to bring in more than the mapping of instabilities a response about the process and the evolution of the instabilities and the factors impacting the phenomenon. [less ▲]

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See detailSuitability of soils and river deposits from Marrakech for the manufacturing of earthenware
El Boudour El Idrissi, Hicham ULg; Daoudi, Lahcen; El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg et al

in Applied Clay Science (2016), 129

This paper investigates the suitability of clayey materials originating from semi-arid soil and river sediments, used by potters in the Agafay region for the manufacture of ceramic products. The clay ... [more ▼]

This paper investigates the suitability of clayey materials originating from semi-arid soil and river sediments, used by potters in the Agafay region for the manufacture of ceramic products. The clay samples were subjected to particle-size analysis, X-ray diffraction and X-ray fluorescence to investigate their physical, mineralogical and chemical characteristics respectively. The physical behaviour of the intermediate products was studied at the shaping and drying stages of the ceramics manufacturing process through the Atterberg limits and the plot of the Bigot curve respectively. The final product characteristics were determined through porosity tests, flexural and compressive strengths tests. Based on results obtained, the raw materials turn out to be suitable characteristics for the manufacture of earthenware products. The application of the suggested recommendations is worthy for the improvement of the products based on such raw materials. [less ▲]

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See detailEarthquake imprints on a lacustrine deltaic system: the Kürk Delta along the East Anatolian Fault (Turkey)
Hubert, Aurelia ULg; El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Garcia-Moreno, David et al

in Sedimentology (2016)

Deltas contain sedimentary records that are not only indicative of water level changes, but also particularly sensitive to earthquake shaking typically resulting in soft-sediment-deformation structures ... [more ▼]

Deltas contain sedimentary records that are not only indicative of water level changes, but also particularly sensitive to earthquake shaking typically resulting in soft-sediment-deformation structures. The Kürk lacustrine delta lies at the south-western extremity of Lake Hazar in eastern Turkey and is adjacent to the seismogenic East Anatolian Fault (EAF), which has generated earthquakes of magnitude 7. In this paper we have reevaluated water level changes and earthquake shaking that have affected the Kürk Delta combining geophysical data (seismic-reflection profiles and side-scan sonar), remote sensing images, historical data, onland outcrops and offshore coring. The history of water level changes provides a temporal framework for the depositional record. In addition to the commonly soft-sediment-deformation documented previously, onland outcrops reveal a record of deformation (fracturing, tilt and clastic dykes) linked to large earthquake-induced liquefactions and lateral spreading. The recurrent liquefaction structures can be used to obtain a paleoseismological record. Five event horizons were identified that could be linked to historical earthquakes occurring in the last 1000 years along the EAF. Sedimentary cores sampling the most recent subaqueous sedimentation revealed the occurrence of another type of earthquake indicator. Based on radionuclide dating (137Cs and 210Pb), two major sedimentary events were attributed to the 1874-1875 EAF earthquake sequence. Their sedimentological characteristics were determined by X-ray imagery, XRD, LOI, grain-size distribution and geophysical measurements. The events are interpreted to be hyperpycnal deposits linked to post-seismic sediment reworking of earthquake-triggered landslides. [less ▲]

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See detailTransformed mineral phases during clay ceramic firing
El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Daoudi, Lachen; Hatert, Frédéric ULg et al

in Clays and Clay Minerals (2015), 62(6), 470478

Ceramic clays are one of the most complicated ceramic systems because of the very complex relationship between the behavior of minerals during the ceramic processing and the transformations during heating ... [more ▼]

Ceramic clays are one of the most complicated ceramic systems because of the very complex relationship between the behavior of minerals during the ceramic processing and the transformations during heating. A major challenge is to predict the phase transformations in clay ceramics. The aims are to establish reference data of ceramics products that can be formed based on the mineralogical composition of the local raw materials. These data, in turn, can be compared with the archaeological ceramics in order to study their origins. The mineralogical compositions and transformations during the firing (550 to 1100ºC under oxidizing conditions) of seven clayey materials sampled from the main clay deposits of Northern Morocco were evaluated by X-ray powder diffraction. Two groups of clays were evidenced according to the type of neoformed high-temperature minerals: non-calcareous clays and calcareous clays. For the non-calcareous raw materials, spinel is produced at 950°C. Cristobalite and mullite were formed above 1000ºC from clays that contain illite, kaolinite and chlorite. In clays containing vermiculite and high amount of chlorite, hematite was formed from 950°C. Firing of calcareous clays at temperatures > 950ºC yielded Ca-silicates (diopside, gehlenite and wollastonite), spinel, cristobalite, hematite and feldspars. Mullite may also form in the calcareous clay products, when the carbonates content exceeds 10%. [less ▲]

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See detailActivity vs. Stability: a multi-proxy approach to reconstruct fluvial morphodynamics of Wadi Selloum in the vicinity of the rock shelter Ifri n’ammar (Morocco)
Bartz, Melanie; Rhixon, Gilles; El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg et al

Conference (2015, November)

The impact of environmental changes on the emergence and dispersal of anatomically modern humans (AMH) is particularly important in North Africa, since the Straits of Gibraltar might have served as ... [more ▼]

The impact of environmental changes on the emergence and dispersal of anatomically modern humans (AMH) is particularly important in North Africa, since the Straits of Gibraltar might have served as western migration route for AMH from Africa to Europe. The prehistoric rock shelter of Ifri n’Ammar in NE Morocco reveals discontinuous Middle and Late Palaeolithic occupation phases since ~170 ka. Our study focuses on Wadi Selloum deposits to unravel palaeoenvironmental features and geomorphological aspects of the direct vicinity of Ifri n’Ammar. As a tributary of the Moulouya River, the catchment area of this ephemeral stream amounts to ~290 km², spanning elevations between ~700 and 200 m above sea level. Headwaters of the 35 km long Wadi Selloum drain Mesozoic limestone and dolomite. The application of luminescence dating techniques on Wadi Selloum deposits yielded burial ages between 1.3 ± 0.2 ka and 78 ± 7 ka, covering morphodynamically stable and active phases. Overbank fines include well-developed soil horizons as evidence of stability and of more humid periods than today around 80 ka and during the Holocene. This is supported by pedofeatures discovered in thin sections as well as the composition of clay minerals of the wadi sediments. Disordered clay minerals and partly illite/chlorite mixed-layer characterize the soil levels. Levels relatively rich in chlorite, illite, ankerite and quartz are interpreted as corresponding to relatively dry periods, while more humid periods lead to more intensive weathering and consequently to the dominance of clay minerals more advanced in the relative stability scale, such as kaolinite. Smectite is taken to indicate a climate with contrasting seasons and a pronounced dry season. In contrast, coarse-grained deposits, which are partly characterised by calcrete layers, point to drier conditions after 80 ka and 14 ka. In addition, the lack of palaeosols confirms morphodynamic activity during these periods. Acknowledgement. This research is supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) within the framework of the CRC 806 “Our Way to Europe” (http://www.sfb806.uni-koeln.de/). [less ▲]

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See detailSedimentological and geochemical evidence to detect arid periods recorded in wadi deposits: a case study from northern Morocco
El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Bartz, Melanie; Rixhon, Gilles et al

Poster (2015, July 27)

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See detailLand erosion and associated evolution of clay minerals assemblages in Mediterranean region (Southern Turkey): Amik Lake
El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Lebeau, Helene et al

Poster (2015, July)

Under Mediterranean context, continuous human occupation is attested in the Amik Basin (southern Turkey) since 6000-7000 BC. The Basin also is crossed by The Dead Sea Fault (DSF), a major neotectonic ... [more ▼]

Under Mediterranean context, continuous human occupation is attested in the Amik Basin (southern Turkey) since 6000-7000 BC. The Basin also is crossed by The Dead Sea Fault (DSF), a major neotectonic structure in the Middle East extending from the Red Sea in the south to the East Anatolian Fault Zone in the north. The study focuses on the mineralogy and clay mineralogy record of the Amik Lake occupying the central part of the Basin. Our objective is to constrain major mineralogical and clay minerals evolution in the area over the last 4000 years and assess changes that would be related to the different land uses during the different Bronze, Roman, Ottoman and Modern civilizations. Sediments were collected at 1 to 2 cm intervals in core sediments up to a depth of 6 meters in the clay deposits. Geochemistry (XRF), mineralogy (XRD) and clay mineralogy are applied to study the sediment records. The age of the record is constrained combining radionuclide and radiocarbon dating. Chemical and mineralogical composition of sediments is quite diversified reflecting the significant geological variation of drainage basins. Abundant mixed-layer and partly disordered minerals characterize the different sedimentary levels recorded in those cores. Levels relatively rich in chlorite, illite and quartz are interpreted as corresponding to relatively dry periods, while more humid periods lead to more intensive weathering and consequently to the dominance of clay minerals more advanced in the relative stability scale, such as kaolinite. Smectite is taken to indicate a climate with contrasting seasons and a pronounced dry season. The sedimentary record clearly shows two periods indicating strong soil erosion in the Lake catchment. The most recent erosion phase is modern. The oldest one would have started during the late Bronze period and lasted until the late Roman Period. The first and older period is attributed to a strong aggradation linked to major increase in erosion. Our study shows that this episode has specific characteristics: mixed-layer clay mineral, high percent in Ni, Cr and Mg coupled with significant amount of organic matter of terrestrial origin. Ni and Mg most probably come from the Amanos Mountains an ophiolitic belt indicating an intensive upland cultivation and possible exploitation of its mineral resource. The second period is attributed to the modern period. The signature of the increase in erosion is different, because most of the soil cover has already been eroded. Only a patchy thin and unmature soil cover exists since the Late Roman time. Erosion is associated with a marked increase of smectite-illite interstratified clay, goethite and hematite found in deep soil horizons. Moreover, a marked increase in Cr is showed and is probably related to an enhanced exploitation of its mineral resource and to a renew land exploitation of the Amanos Mountain Range. [less ▲]

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See detailLANDSLIDES IN CENTRAL AFRICA: FROM DEFORMATION MECHANISMS TO EVOLUTION PROCESSES – CASES STUDIES FROM RWANDA AND BURUNDI
Draidia, Salah ULg; Ndahimana, Hamuli; Habimana, Christophe et al

Scientific conference (2015, July)

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See detailSubmarine Paleo-earthquake record of the Cinarcik segment of the North Anatolian Fault in the Marmara Sea (Turkey)
Drab, Laureen; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Schmidt, Sabine et al

in Bulletin Seismological Society of America (2015), 105

The submarine part of the North Anatolian Fault (NAF) in the Marmara Sea is a significant hazard for the city of Istanbul (Turkey). The use of paleoseismological data to provide an accurate seismic risk ... [more ▼]

The submarine part of the North Anatolian Fault (NAF) in the Marmara Sea is a significant hazard for the city of Istanbul (Turkey). The use of paleoseismological data to provide an accurate seismic risk assessment for the area is constrained by the fact that the NAF system is submarine near Istanbul; thus a history of paleoearthquakes can be inferred only by using sediment cores. Here a record of turbidites was obtained in two cores and used to reconstruct the earthquake history along a main branch of the NAF, the Cinarcik Segment. Kullenberg core Klg04 (4 m long) was collected during Marmarascarps mission from a berm north of the fault and a second core (Klg03, 3.5 m long) was positioned in the Cinarcik Basin, 3 km south of the fault. Sedimentary sequences in the two cores were correlated using variations in Ca/Ti ratio, which reflect the local aquatic productivity compared with more terrigenous input. The turbidites between the two cores were then classified to distinguish the synchronous ones from the other ones. Radionuclide measurements suggest that the most recent turbidite recorded in both cores was triggered by the M=7.3 1894 earthquake. We conclude that the turbidites are earthquake-generated, based on: 1) their distinctive sedimentological and geochemical signatures, previously described and applied in the Marmara Sea; 2) the correlation of turbidites between cores at berm and basin sites; 3) the match of the most recent turbidites with a 19th century historical earthquake; and 4) the elimination of others processes. Because of its specific geomorphological location, core Klg04 likely records only mass wasting events related to the rupture on the Cinarcik Segment. To date older turbidites, we used 14C and paleomagnetic data to build an OxCal age model with a local reservoir correction (ΔR) of 400±50 yr. The Cinarcik Segment is found to have ruptured in AD1894, AD1509, sometime in the 14th century, AD989, AD740 and in the 5th century and have a mean recurrence interval of rupture between 243 and 396 years. Following the age model obtained we finally used the earthquake record history of the Cinarcik Segment to infer the rupture history of adjacent segments of the North Anatolian Fault during six earthquake cycles over the past 1500 years. [less ▲]

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See detailEnvironmental and Climatic Changes during the Pleistocene-Holocene in the Bor Plain, Central Anatolia, Turkey
Altin, T.; El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Fagel, Nathalie ULg

in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology (2015)

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