Solution effects on elevated limestone terraces

Geological Society of America Bulletin
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Limestone terraces on a number of islands in the southwest Pacific show a well-developed wall or rampart along their seaward edges that apparently is formed by solution. Such rimmed terraces resemble, on a much enlarged scale, the solution facets developed on flat-lying joint blocks of limestone, recently described by Smith and Albritton (1941). In an attempt to check the interpretation of field observations, a rimmed facet was produced experimentally in the laboratory. The artificial structure appears to be very similar to the natural facets on joint blocks and in many ways closely resembles the much larger rimmed terraces of the Pacific islands. It is believed that rimmed terraces with a profile similar to that of the island of Eua, Tonga, indicate island uplift accompanied by tilting. © 1945, The Geological Society of America, Inc.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Solution effects on elevated limestone terraces
Series title Geological Society of America Bulletin
DOI 10.1130/0016-7606(1945)56[809:SEOELT]2.0.CO;2
Volume 56
Issue 8
Year Published 1945
Language English
Publisher Geological Society of America
Description 10 p.
First page 809
Last page 818
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