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Paolo FORTI

SEISMOTECTONIC AND PALEOSEISMIC STUDIES FROM SPELEOTHEMS: THE STATE OF THE ART

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Mots-clés : KEYWORDS: Speleothems, earthquake, seismic hazard, seismotectonics, paleoseismicity

Abstract

ABSTRACT. The idea that speleothems may record earthquakes is rather old, but it was only after 1950 that system­atic studies started on this topic. Presently it's well accepted that karst speleothems (especially stalagmites) can be used as a tool for tectonic and seismic analysis. In the present paper an overview on the state of the art in the seismotectonic and paleoseismic analyses using naturally broken speleothems and/or still growing stalagmites is presented. Specifi­cally they may be important with respect to:

location and epicentre of past earthquakes;

their relative and absolute dating (within the last 500,000 yr. or so);

magnitude of these earthquakes;

improvement in the seismic hazard evaluation.

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Paolo FORTI, «SEISMOTECTONIC AND PALEOSEISMIC STUDIES FROM SPELEOTHEMS: THE STATE OF THE ART», Geologica Belgica [En ligne], volume 4 (2001), number 3-4 - Karst & Tectonics, 175-185 URL : http://popups.ulg.ac.be/1374-8505/index.php?id=1981.

About: Paolo FORTI

Italian Institute of Speleology, University of Bologna, Via Zamboni 67,1-40127 Bologna, Italy.