Isostatic response and geomorphological evolution of the Nile valley during the Messinian salinity crisis

  title={Isostatic response and geomorphological evolution of the Nile valley during the Messinian salinity crisis},
  author={J. Gargani and Christophe Rigollet and Sonia Scarselli},
  journal={Bulletin De La Societe Geologique De France},
During the Messinian salinity crisis (5.96-5.33 Ma), the Mediterranean Sea was disconnected from the Atlantic Ocean. As a consequence, a dramatic sea-level fall occurred during part of the crisis and deep erosion has been observed on the Mediterranean margins as well as on the continent. Here, we demonstrate that the erosion and the large sea-level fall generated a significant uplift along the Nile River delta valley, due to isostatic rebound. Based on a quantitative analysis, our results… 

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