Chronology of red dune aggradations of South India and its Palaeo-environmental significance
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Geosciences Division, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India
Department of Marine Geology and Geophysics, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala, India
UGC Emeritus Fellow, Dept. of Geology, University of Kerala, Kariavattom Campus, Trivandrum, India
Online publication date: 2013-09-27
Publication date: 2013-12-01
Geochronometria 2013;40(4):274-282
Red sand dunes occur in the coastal plains of south east and west of Tamil Nadu, India between the coordinates of 8°00′ to 9°30′ N; 77°18′ to 79° 00′ E. OSL dating of these sands indicated aggradations between ∼16-9 ka and ∼9-3 ka in the west and east coasts respectively. Dating results from inland red dunes at the foothills of Western Ghats show a break in deposition at ∼6 ka and aggradation since ∼2 ka. The sand aggradations in the west coast occurred during the transition period when SW monsoon in the area was reestablishing. The dunes attained their stability by 9 ka. In the coastal region, the aggradations were controlled by sea level changes and a local recycling of earlier dunes (in the east coast). In the inland areas, the dune building was controlled by sand supply from fluvial sources.
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