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Supplements of Geografia Fisica e Dinamica Quaternaria
Volume I - 1988


Proceedings of the meeting:
The Morphotectonics in Italy


Superfici di spianamento relitte e vicende morfotettoniche dell’isola d’Elba – Planation Surfaces and morphoneotectonic events of the Island of Elba

Pages 155-160


The morphology and the morphoneo tectonic evolut ion of the Island of Elba are unknown, beca use marine or cont inental post-orogenic sed iments are absent . The island rises abruptly from the sea with 3/4 of its area lying over 50 m above sea level and a coast line that is high along of its total length. The island offers the view of sunken and upraised landmass characterizing the submerged regions . The recogni t ion of relics o f at least 3 old planation surfaces and of terraces assumes them to be related with Pleistocene marine levels. Higher sur faces in western Elba , which were repor ted in previous wr it ings, may be connected wi th even older levels. Th e compar ison with similar situations in opposite Maritime Tuscany allows the hypothesis of recent morphost ructur al evolut ion of the island , which is st ill to be put to the test. Accord ing to this hypot hesis, the d ynamics of the island of Elba would have been characterized by the alternat ion of marine emergence and submergence, d ue to both the glaciocustat ic movemen ts of the level of the sea and recent tecton ic ver t ical movements.

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