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The Loss of a Unique Palaeobotanical Site in Terceira Island Within the Azores UNESCO Global Geopark (Portugal)

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Góis-Marques, Carlos A. ; Elias, Rui B. ; Steinbauer, Manuel ; de Nascimento, Lea ; Fernández-Palacios, José María ; de Sequeira, Miguel Menezes ; Madeira, José:
The Loss of a Unique Palaeobotanical Site in Terceira Island Within the Azores UNESCO Global Geopark (Portugal).
In: Geoheritage. (20 August 2019) .
ISSN 1867-2485
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12371-019-00401-1

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Terceira Island (Azores archipelago, central Atlantic Ocean) presents a unique but poorly studied Quaternary palaeobotanical record. Among the sites referenced in the literature, Fanal Bay, within Angra do Heroísmo city, is known at least since the 1940s. Field prospection in the summer of 2016 revealed two layers of leaf fossils with an unexpected fossil abundance. The preliminary results showed that these represented autochthonous or para-autochthonous (T0) fossil assemblages, preserved by the emplacement of ash or lapilli layers by volcanic events, in a leaf litter of a laurel palaeoforest. Unfortunately, in 2018, the site was destroyed due to development works to consolidate and requalify the Fanal Bay cliff from further sea erosion. This prevented a detailed study and the ex situ preservation of an important palaeontological site, within the Azores UNESCO Global Geopark. With this work, we hope to call the attention to the need of implementing geoconservation strategies in order to prevent the destruction of important geoheritage within the Azores Islands and to transpose this warning to other geoconservationists in oceanic islands worldwide.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Department of Sport Science >
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Department of Sport Science > >
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Ecology and the Environmental Sciences
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 500 Natural sciences
500 Science > 560 Fossils, prehistoric life
500 Science > 570 Life sciences, biology
500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany)
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2019 08:44
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2019 08:44
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/52376