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Collina-Girard, Jacques
Fort, M.; Andre, M.F.
Karst memories above and beneath the see: marseilles and continental shelf during the cosquer cave occupation
Landscape and Landforms of France, World Geomorphology Landscape
2014
229
239

In the south of France, the Cosquer Cave with its famous prehistoric paintings is located in a karstic area located between Marseilles and Cassis. This emerged and submerged karst is typical of karstic coasts submerged after the Late-Glacial Maximum. Ail the forms observed in the hinterland can be observed directly by scuba divers and indirectly on bathymetrie charts: lapiaz, karstic archs, sinkholes, uvala and polje. The emerged and submerged landscapes are mainly the heritage of specifie lithological conditions (Urgonian limestones) and tectonic conditions (vertical faulting network leading to coastal eollapse in theMediterranean Sea). üther elements of this submerged Iandscape are given by the traces of the last sea level rise (palaeo-shorelines and erosion platforms and notehes). AIl the area between Marseilles and La Ciotat is now established as the Calanques National Park, inc1uding the Cosquer Cave with its upper Palaeolithic rock art paintings, which adds an international archaeological interest to this exceptional natural area.

Continental shelf; Karst; Prehistory; Cosquer Cave; Marseilles
978-94-007-7021-8; 978-94-007-7022-5
10.1007/978-94-007-7022-5_22
Collina-Girard, Jacques , 2014, Karst memories above and beneath the see: marseilles and continental shelf during the cosquer cave occupation , 229 - 239 http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-94-007-7022-5_22