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The Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies
University of Haifa, Mount Carmel,
Haifa 31905, Israel
Tel: 972-4-8240600, 972-4-8249819
Fax: 972-4-8240493
E-Mail: maritime@


Marine Geology and Coastal Geomorphology

Research in marine geology at the Recanati Institute concentrates on the characteristics of the continental shelf, the continental slope, and the bathyal marine environment in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, including the Black Sea. Special foci include sea-floor sediments and phenomena such as faulting and salt flow. Sedimentological evidence of the damaging effects of tsunami that hit the Israeli coast in the historic past are explored, as are the subduction processes that take place in the eastern Mediterranean. The purpose of this series of investigations is to reconstruct the geological history of the eastern Mediterranean in variable time frames that range from millions of years to the present.

Operating a gravity corer (Photo: Eco-Ocean)

Earth sciences research at the Institute also deals with the coastal geomorphology of Israel. The principal areas of investigation include sea-level changes, mainly of the eastern Mediterranean and the subsequent horizontal changes in the position of the coastal zone, as well as the reflection of these changes on human settlement. The research aims to reconstruct the landscape which might have greeted Early Humans on their arrival in this area, and to track changes in coastal terrains and climate during the periods of early occupation. Coastal variations transform the landscape beyond the shoreline itself, influencing the distribution of marshes, dunes, vegetation, and so on, thus leading to many further channels of research. Each of these research directions merges data from numerous disciplines, such as archaeology, biology, and sedimentology. The survey of changes in sea-level has been carried out over several time ranges: the Holocene, during the last 2,000 years, and during the last 1,000 years. These findings may be compared with measured records records of tide gauges from recent decades and satellite images from the last 10 years. Various dating methods and innovative research methodology are employed in this very multidisciplinary department.

Drilling cores at the edge of the abrasive platform

First appearance of the Dendropoma petraeum (vertical accuracy of 10 cm), radiocarbon-dated
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