Rendiconti Online della Società Geologica Italiana - Vol. 59/2023

The coralligenous in the present-day system from the Salento coast (southern Adriatic Sea)

Alessia de Luca1, Stefania Lisco1, Pasquale Acquafredda1, Guadalupe Anhai Gimenez2 & Massimo Moretti1
1Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra e Geoambientali, Università degli Studi di Bari "Aldo Moro", 70125 Bari, Italy.
2Dipartimento di Bioscienze, Biotecnologie e Ambiente, Università degli Studi di Bari "Aldo Moro", 70125 Bari, Italy.
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Volume: 59/2023
Pages: 105-111


Bioconstructions or biogenic reefs are more or less cohesive sedimentary bodies. They can consist of a large number of species of organisms capable of directly forming a rigid structure through the production of calcium carbonate or the aggregation of hard parts of benthic organisms. One of the main bioconstructions characterizing the Apulian seafloor is the Coralligenous assemblages, a typical bioconstruction of the Mediterranean Sea formed by the concretion of coralline algae. In coralligenous habitats, the interaction between physical and biological processes determines the evolution of the system. This works aims to describe growth models to understand the structural and morphological variations of the coralligenous assemblages in different areas of the Apulian shelf, through a multidisciplinary approach. Analyzing present-day systems allows us to understand how coralligenous assemblages have evolved in the past. In addition, the proposed method can be applied to other areas in the Mediterranean basin to compare other coralligenous assemblages.


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