Summary of Italian marine stages of the Quaternary

Author(s): Cita, Maria Bianca
Author Affiliation(s): Primary:
Universita di Milano, Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra "Ardito Desio", Milan, Italy
Australian National University, Australia
Volume Title: Special issue on the Quaternary period/system
Volume Author(s): Gibbard, Philip, editor; Pillans, Brad
Source: Special issue on the Quaternary period/system, edited by Philip Gibbard and Brad Pillans. Episodes, 31(2), p.251-254. Publisher: International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), Ottawa, ON, Canada. ISSN: 0705-3797 CODEN: GENWBO
Note: In English. 38 refs.; illus., incl. strat. cols., sketch map
Summary: Eight marine stages for the Quaternary have been defined in Italy starting from 1872 (Sicilian of Doderlein) to 1979 (Selinuntian of Ruggieri and Sprovieri). The definition of all these stages was based essentially on invertebrate paleontology, initially from the study of pelecypods and gastropods, but also of corals, ostracods, benthic foraminifers and, more recently, on planktonic foraminifers and calcareous nannofossils. The 1948 International Geological Congress held in London decided to search for a locality in Italy to define the Neogene/Quaternary boundary in correspondence with the first appearance of the "northern guests" in the Mediterranean. The Vrica section of Calabria was selected for defining the GSSP of the Pleistocene in 1984. Meanwhile, starting from 1970 the deep-sea record of the western, central and eastern Mediterranean was explored by five Legs of the Deep Sea Drilling Program and Ocean Drilling Program. As a result of integrated, high-resolution multidisciplinary investigations of the deep-sea record and of continuous sections exposed on land, a robust chronostratigraphic framework could be constructed. The combination of biochronology, magnetostratigraphy, isotopic stratigraphy, astrocyclostratigraphy, and tephrostratigraphy assures the worldwide correlation potential of the Mediterranean record.
Year of Publication: 2008
Research Program: ODP Ocean Drilling Program
Key Words: 24 Surficial Geology, Quaternary Geology; Algae; Arthropoda; Biostratigraphy; Cenozoic; Chronostratigraphy; Crustacea; Europe; Foraminifera; Holocene; Invertebrata; Italy; Leg 107; Leg 160; Lithostratigraphy; Mandibulata; Marine environment; Mediterranean Sea; Microfossils; Nannofossils; ODP Site 653; ODP Site 963; ODP Site 964; ODP Site 967; Ocean Drilling Program; Ostracoda; Paleoenvironment; Plantae; Pleistocene; Protista; Quaternary; Sicily Italy; Southern Europe
Coordinates: N401551 N401552 E0112700 E0112657
N370202 N370202 E0131046 E0131046
N361538 N361538 E0174500 E0174500
N340411 N340411 E0324331 E0324331
Record ID: 2008124252
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