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See detailEarthquake imprints on 400 years of marine sedimentation in the western Gulf of Corinth, Greece
Beckers, Arnaud ULg; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Beck, Christian et al

Poster (2014, August 18)

The Corinth rift is one of the fastest spreading rifts on Earth. In the western tip of the Rift, no major historical earthquake (Mw≥6) is known for the last 300 yrs, while the geodetic extension rate is ... [more ▼]

The Corinth rift is one of the fastest spreading rifts on Earth. In the western tip of the Rift, no major historical earthquake (Mw≥6) is known for the last 300 yrs, while the geodetic extension rate is the highest of the whole Corinth Rift. The question of seismic hazard is consequently particularly relevant. In this framework, we investigated the offshore sediments in order to look for sedimentary signature of past earthquakes. 12 short gravity cores have been retrieved in different environments: two shelves (40 and 100 m deep), one sub-basin (180 m deep) and the deep Gulf axis (330 m deep). The cores are 0.5 to 0.85 m long, permitting to analyze up to 400 yrs of sedimentation. Several sedimentological analyses have been performed: magnetic susceptibility, grain-size, XRF, ASM. Chronology is based on 137Cs and 210Pb decay. In parallel, an in-depth analysis of existing and newly found documents has been done to re-interpret macroseismic intensity fields of historical earthquakes and to build an updated earthquake catalogue for the area. These new data allowed us to estimate a macroseismic intensity threshold for submarine slope failures in the area, based on 16 reported events. Sedimentary events have been identified in all cores. On the first shelf, despite a visually homogenous, silty, sedimentation, 3 events have been highlighted by high resolution grain-size analysis and 210Pb decay profile’s disturbances. The upper one could be a back-wash flow tsunami deposit. On the second shelf, 4 high-concentration density flow deposits occurred with a recurrence time of ~58 yrs. In the canyon and in the sub-basin, sandy turbidites occurred with recurrence times of ~26 and ~56 years respectively. The possible seismic origin of these deposits is discussed based on their sedimentary characteristics and the macroseismic intensities assessed for the sediments source areas for each core location. [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 detailThe earthquake sedimentary record in marine sediment from cores in the western part of the Marmara Sea, Turkey
Drab, Laureen; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Schmidt, Sabine et al

Conference (2012, April)

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See detailThe earthquake sedimentary record in the the Sea of Marmara, Turkey
Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Drab, Loreen; Schmidt, Sabine et al

Conference (2012, October)

The submarine part of the North Anatolian Fault (NAF) is a very significant hazard for the 12 million people living in Istanbul (Turkey). An accurate seismic risk assessment necessitates ... [more ▼]

The submarine part of the North Anatolian Fault (NAF) is a very significant hazard for the 12 million people living in Istanbul (Turkey). An accurate seismic risk assessment necessitates paleoseismological data, which can be retrieved in the Marmara Sea by using sedimentary cores. We present here a record of turbidites obtained in cores spanning the Tekirdag ̆ Basin, the Western High, the Central Basin, and the Cinarcik Basin. In the Tekirdag and Western High the turbidites are synchronous pointing to shaking by earthquakes as a triggering mechanism. Generally seismoturbidites in the Marmara Sea are distinguished from other turbidites based in their large extension, their particular granulometric and their particular geochemical characteristics. The 210Pb and 137Cs radionucleides measurements have also shown that the M=7.4 1912 Mürefte earthquake and the M=7.3 1894 Prince's Island earthquake have left a distinctive sedimentary imprint at the top of the studied cores. The chronology of other seismoturbidites is built combining radiocarbon dating and secular variation patterns of paleo-declination and paleo-inclination. Finally the obtained record is compared to the historical seismicity record. [less ▲]

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See detailThe earthquake sedimentary record in the Western part of the Sea of Marmara, Turkey
Drab, Laureen; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Schmidt, Sabine et al

in Natural Hazards & Earth System Sciences (2012)

The submarine part of the North Anatolian Fault (NAF) is a very significant hazard for the 12 million people living in Istanbul (Turkey). An accurate seismic risk assess- ment necessitates ... [more ▼]

The submarine part of the North Anatolian Fault (NAF) is a very significant hazard for the 12 million people living in Istanbul (Turkey). An accurate seismic risk assess- ment necessitates paleoseismological data, which can be re- trieved in the Sea of Marmara only using sedimentary cores. Here a record of turbidites was obtained in five cores span- ning the Tekirdag ̆ Basin, the Western High and the Central Basin linked by the Tekirdag ̆ Fault Segment. The turbidites are synchronous at different sites across basins and structural highs. The only possible triggering mechanism is thus shak- ing related to major earthquakes. In particular the M=7.4 1912 Mu ̈refte earthquake has let a distinctive sedimentary imprint in all the studied cores. Radiocarbon dating implies a turbidite recurrence interval of about 300 years. In addi- tion the low number of turbidites documented in the Central Basinsuggestsquasi-synchronousrupturesoftheTekirdag ̆ Segment and the adjacent Central Segment of the NAF or a partial seismic slip on the Central Segment. Both scenarii have implications regarding seismic hazard. Finally through we obtained a reliable paleoseismological record of the rup- tures along the Tekirdag ̆ Segment, further chronological con- straints are needed to accurately date the events and correlate them with known historical earthquakes. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Earthquake Sedimentary record of The Lake Hazar along the East Anatolian Fault in Turkey
Boes, Xavier; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Garcia, David et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2009, April), 11

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See detailThe earthquake sedimentary record of the Marmara Sea, Turkey
Drab, Laureen; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Schmidt, Sabine et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2010, May)

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See detailEarthquake-induced hazards in mountain regions: a review of case histories from Central Asia – an inaugural lecture to the society.
Havenith, Hans-Balder ULg; Bourdeau, Céline

in Geologica Belgica (2010), 13/3

This paper presents a summary of the main trigger factors of earthquake-induced landslides as well as a review of case histories of major landslide-triggering earthquake events in Central Asia. The goal ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a summary of the main trigger factors of earthquake-induced landslides as well as a review of case histories of major landslide-triggering earthquake events in Central Asia. The goal is to analyse the relationship between geological, tectonic and morphological conditions and the susceptibility to seismic slope failure and to show the potential long-term contribution of seismic ground motion dynamics, such as site effects and liquefaction, to slope failure. Case histories related to five M>7 earthquake events in the Tien Shan and Pamir Mountains are outlined: the earthquakes of Kemin in 1911, Sarez in 1911, Khait in 1949, Gissar in 1989 and Suusamyr in 1992. The Kainama earth-flow case history of 2005 is added to document possible mid-term effects of smaller earthquakes. These events show that in the Central Asian Mountains, two types of seismically triggered mass movements may have particularly disastrous effects: massive long rockslides and medium-sized earth flows made of loess – or a mixture of both. Actually, the most catastrophic mass movement of the last century in Central Asia triggered by the 1949 Khait earthquake was a massive long runout rock avalanche, which had gained a very high velocity due to the entrainment of loess sediments and related lubrification. [less ▲]

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See detailEarthquake-induced landslide hazards in Tajikistan
Havenith, Hans-Balder ULg; Schlögel, Romy

in Mountain risks : bringing science to society - proceedings of the Mountain Risks (2010)

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See detailEarthquakes, Landslides, Dams and Reservoirs in the Tien Shan, Central Asia
Havenith, Hans-Balder ULg; Abdrakhmatov, Kanatbek; Torgoev, Isakbek et al

in Margottini, Claudio; Sassa, Kyoji (Eds.) Landslide Science and Practice (2013)

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See detailEarthworm production to improve aquaculture
Andres, Ludovic ULg

Learning material (2014)

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See detailEarthworms Eisenia fetida affect the uptake of heavy metals by plants Vicia faba and Zea mays in metal-contaminated soils
Lemtiri, Aboulkacem ULg; Liénard, Amandine ULg; Alabi, Taofic ULg et al

in Applied Soil Ecology (2016), 104

Earthworms increase the availability of heavy metals in some situations and aid in maintaining the structure and quality of soil. The introduction of earthworms into metal-contaminated soils has been ... [more ▼]

Earthworms increase the availability of heavy metals in some situations and aid in maintaining the structure and quality of soil. The introduction of earthworms into metal-contaminated soils has been suggested as an aid for phytoremediation processes. In Wallonia, Belgium, a century of industrial metallurgic activities has led to the substantial pollution of soils by heavy metals, including copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), lead (Pb) and cadmium (Cd), due to atmospheric dusts. Two plant species, Vicia faba and Zea mays, and earthworms (Eisenia fetida) (Savigny, 1826) were exposed to different concentrations of long-term-contaminated soils for 42 days. The soil samples, which were collected from the land surrounding a former Zn-Pb ore-treatment plant, exhibited different levels of heavy metals. Our aim was to evaluate the role of earthworms E. fetida on the availability of metals in soils and their effects on metal uptake by V. faba and Z. mays plants at different soil concentrations. The results suggest that earthworms and plants modified the availability of metals in contaminated soils after 42 days of exposure. Earthworm life-cycle parameters were affected by metal contamination and/or the addition of plants; cocoon production and weight were more responsive to adverse conditions than earthworm survival or weight change. The concentrations of Pb and Cd in earthworm tissues decreased in the presence of plants. Results showed that metal accumulation in plants depended on the metal element considered and the presence of earthworms. However, the presence of earthworms did not change the concentrations of metals in plants, except for Cd. In the presence or absence of earthworms, V. faba accumulated higher concentrations of Cu and Zn compared with Z. mays, which accumulated higher concentrations of Cd. These findings have revealed that earthworm activities can modify the availability of heavy metals for uptake by plants in contaminated soils. Moreover, the study results show that the ecological context of phytoremediation should be broadened by considering earthworm-plant-soil interaction, which influence both the health of the plant and the uptake of heavy metals by plants. [less ▲]

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See detailEarthworms smell microorganisms in soil
Zirbes, Lara ULg; Verheggen, François ULg; Mescher, Mark et al

Poster (2011)

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See detailEarthworms use odor cues to locate and feed on microorganisms in soil
Zirbes, Lara ULg; Mark, Mescher; Vrancken, Véronique ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2011), 6(7), 21927

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See detailThe EASE Scenario: A New Origin for Metal-Poor Stars?
Jehin, Emmanuel ULg; Magain, Pierre ULg; Noels-Grötsch, Arlette ULg et al

in Weiss, A.; Abell, T.; Hill, V. (Eds.) The First Stars (2000)

We have analysed high resolution and high signal-to-noise spectra of 21 mildly metal-poor stars. The correlations between the relative abundances of 16 elements have been studied, with a special emphasis ... [more ▼]

We have analysed high resolution and high signal-to-noise spectra of 21 mildly metal-poor stars. The correlations between the relative abundances of 16 elements have been studied, with a special emphasis on the neutron-capture ones. This analysis reveals the existence of two sub-populations of field metal-poor stars which differ by the behaviour of the s-process elements versus the alpha and r-process elements. We suggest a scenario for the formation of metal-poor stars, which closely relates the origin of these stars to the evolution of globular clusters. [less ▲]

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See detailThe EASE Scenario: Dynamical Study of the Supernova Phase
Parmentier, Geneviève ULg; Jehin, Emannuel; Magain, Pierre ULg et al

in Weiss, A.; Abell, T.; Hill, V. (Eds.) The First Stars (2000)

We revisit the most often encountered argument against self-enrichment in globular clusters, namely the ability of a few number of supernovae to disrupt the proto-globular cloud. We show that, within the ... [more ▼]

We revisit the most often encountered argument against self-enrichment in globular clusters, namely the ability of a few number of supernovae to disrupt the proto-globular cloud. We show that, within the context of the Fall and Rees theory, primordial proto-globular cluster clouds may sustain several hundreds of Type II supernovae. Furthermore, the corresponding self-enrichment level is in agreement with galactic halo globular cluster metallicities. [less ▲]

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See detailEast African Great Lake Ecosystem Sensitivity to changes final report
Descy, J.-P.; André, L.; Delvaux, C. et al

Report (2015)

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See detailEast and West. Identity, Tradition and Modernity : Case of Japan
Goto, Kanako ULg

Scientific conference (2015, November)

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See detailThe East Asian Financial Crisis 1997-1998
Artige, Lionel ULg

Learning material (2014)

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