Geophysical Phenomena and the Alexandrian Littoral [Hardback]

Niki Evelpidou(Author); Christos Repapis(Author); Christos S. Zerefos(Editor); Harry Tzalas(Author); Costas Synolakis(Author)

ISBN: 9781789692341 | Published by: Archaeopress Archaeology | Year of Publication: 2019 | 146p, H9.75 x W7, 51 figures, 2 tables (51 pages in color)
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Geophysical Phenomena and the Alexandrian Littoral


Alexandria is located on the Mediterranean coast of Egypt, bordered by Egypt’s Western Desert and the fertile Nile Delta. For many centuries, Alexandria was the major port city in the Eastern Mediterranean and it has been repeatedly struck by natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tsunamis and land subsidence, in its ~2400-year history. This book focuses on the geomorphological and archaeological evidence on the coastal zone of Alexandria, attempting to provide a comprehensive review of its evolution, taking into consideration long-term and short-term factors.

The book provides an extensive background on the geomorphology and recent geoarchaeological history of Alexandria, discussing historical maps and natural disasters. In the coastal area of Alexandria there is numerous archaeological evidence, such as burial sites, quarry activities and ancient building remnants, as well as geomorphological features, all revealing a complex evolution of the coastal zone. New evidence, such as fish tanks and ship wrecks in order to discuss the Late Holocene evolution of the coastal zone. Detailed illustrations and maps accompany the book chapters providing the reader the opportunity to gain an extensive view of Alexandria’s features.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction

2. Subsidence regime

3. Evidence of offshore subsidence in Alexandria

4. Palaeogeography

5. Historical maps

6. Historical references

7. The decline of Alexandria and physical disaster

8. Modelling tsunami vulnerability

9. Coastal zone

10. Fish tanks


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