A compilation of the Marine Isotope Substage (MIS) 5.5 high stand (125 Ka) sites spanning the coastline of Italy allows apicture of the vertical displacement pattern affecting the Central Mediterranean coasts since the Late Pleistocene to be drawn. Foreach of the 246 listed sites, the accurate elevation of the high stand is defined through well-known markers. Coupled with a refinedage assessment locally supported by new radiometric dating, these markers provide robust constraints on deformation. Significantalongshore differences in site elevation between +175 and 125m a.s.l. resulted from the interplay of regional and local tectonicprocesses, including faulting and volcanic deformation. Whereas most of Sardinia’s coasts and the northern Tyrrhenian Sea coastsare tectonically stable, the central Tyrrhenian Sea coasts display stable promontories, subsiding plains, and localized centres of weakuplift. Subsidence of the plains is related to extensional faulting locally enhanced by volcano-tectonic collapse, and weak upliftarising from magmatic processes. Rapid uplift of southern Calabria, northeast Sicily and the Jonian sea coasts probably reflects theextent of deep crustal delamination. The central Adriatic Sea shows weak thrust-related uplift, but foreland flexure in northernAdriatic and possibly southwestern Sicily results in locally intense regional subsidence. The rapidly uplifting regions are wellcorrelated with the sectors of higher seismic release and surface horizontal motion documented by geodetic velocities. In this light,the MIS 5.5 marker indicates with a relatively high spatial resolution the vertical component of tectonic displacement and providesinsight into the long-term tectonic processes of the Central Mediterranean orogen.
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