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Quaterna O' International, Vol. 26, pp. 131-137, 1995.

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AN EVOLUTIONARY MODEL BASED ON GEOMORPHOLOGIC AND TECTONIC CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MAHARASHTRA COAST, INDIA
R.K. Sukhtankar

Department of Geology, Shivaji University, Centre for P.G. Studies, Solapur 413 003, India
The Maharashtra Coast is part of the central west coast of the tectonically 'passive' and 'divergent' Western Continental Margin of India. Major tectonic elements that characterize the region are the West Coast Fault and the Panvel Flexure. These features have played a major role in the development of coastal geomorphic features, which have been further modified by marine and fluvial processes. Neotectonism is expressed in associated raised marine terraces. The coastal tract of Maharashtra has been divided in three geomorphic blocks on the basis of the role of tectonic elements and spatial distribution of various geomorphic features.

INTRODUCTION
Coastal geomorphology studies along the world's coastlines have increased in the last few decades, as a result of interest in climatic changes during the Quaternary and research of tectonic event periodicy of earthquake hazard prediction, the evidence of which appears in the form of morphologic features. On the basis of morphologic features, a framework for geodynamic modelling of coastal evolution was suggested by Fairbridge and Finkl (1988). The world's coastlines were classified in three types; emerging, submerging and quasi-stable, each exhibiting an association of characteristic geomorphic features. Evolution of morphologic features is due to changes in sea-level during the Quaternary, as a result of glacial, eustatic or tectonic influences. Each influence has acted either independently or in possible combination. To single out the specific results of any of these influences in the development and evolution of coastal features is a difficult task. Evolution of coastal geomorphic features of a particular coastline should be analyzed by considering its tectonic setting and tectonic evolution, lithology of coastal rocks or sediments and glacio-eustasy and Quaternary coastal transgressional and regressional responses to sea-level change. It is generally accepted that the present configuration of many continental margins and the coastlines are a result of their differential displacement after the breakup of Gondwanaland, according to the plate tectonics concept. Continental margins are classified as either active or passive. Considering this aspect as a primary and fundamental basis for evolution of a coastline, a combination of glacial eustasy, neotectonism and coastal erosional processes has later modified and shaped most coastlines. Using these criteria, the evolution of the Maharashtra coastline on the Western Continental Margin of India is analyzed and discussed.

Indian subcontinent was separated from Gondwanaland along two main geofractures, giving rise to the coastline. Of these, the west coast has developed along the western continental margin, which has followed the N N W - S S E trend, which began in the Precambrian (Biswas, 1982). The west coast is recognized as the trailing margin of the advancing Indian subcontinent. The Maharashtra coast constitutes the central part of the west coast and lies along the western continental margin of India. It extends for a distance of about 500 km from lat. 15 , 45' N (Vengurla) to lat. 19 , 30' N (north of Bombay) (Fig. 1). Most of the area along the Maharashtra coast has been covered by the vast outpourings of the Deccan flood basaltic lava flows, while only a small part of the southern tract exposes the Archaean metamorphics, granites and gneisses and the Proterozoic sediments.

PHYSIOGRAPHIC SETTING
The coastal tract being examined for its geomorphic evolutionary history is known as 'Kokan'. It also includes the coastal lowlands of Maharashtra. The coastline extends more or less N-S and is bounded to the west by the Arabian Sea and to the east by the scarps of the Western Ghats mountain range. The coastal tract broadens in the north to a width of about 100 km and gradually narrows southwards to a width of about 30-40 km. The eastern cliffs rise to a maximum height of more than 1000 m. Major rivers, viz., Kundalika, Savitri, Shastri, Vashishti and numerous streams, originate in the Western Ghats, flow westwards, have steep gradient courses and discharge into the Arabian Sea. These rivers have carved out deep valleys in their catchments in the Western Ghats and have formed relatively broad plains at their mouths. In places, the coastal tract is intersected by promontories of the Western Ghats. As the coastal tract falls in a transitional environment, it is subjected to both fluvial and marine erosional and depositional processes, producing coastal and floodplain geomorphic features. In addition, sea-level changes during the Quaternary period have modified the coastline. A number of workers have documented a variety of

THEAREA
The coastline of the east and west coasts of India extends nearly 6000 km. The plate tectonics concept suggests that the

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geomorphic features along the Maharashtra coast, which provide evidence of sea-level changes (Chatterjee, 1961; Ahmed, 1972; Dikshit, 1976: Nair, 1974: Powar etal., 1978, 1979a, b; Tiwari, 1984; Kale and Rajaguru, 1985; Bruckner, 1987; Sukhtankar, 1989). Most of these studies discuss geomorphology of the coastal tract in relation to either sealevel changes or neotectonism. In this paper, the distribution of geomorphic features will be analyzed in the context of the major tectonic elements and tectonic setting TECTONIC SETTING Once separated from Gondwanaland, the northward drift of the Indian subcontinent included counter-clockwise rotation during the Eocene, possibly of about 50 degrees (Klootwijk, 1979; Powell, 1979: Biswas, 1982). Such rifting and associated counter-clockwise rotation are thought to have produced the various major tectonic elemenls,

associated with the west coast of India and the outpourings of the continental tholeiitic flood basalts. The geomorphic features of the coastal tract are developed on these volcanic deposits. Gravity, seismic, geomagnetic surveys and LANDSAT imagery studies for petroleum exploration in the offshore and onshore areas of the west coast have revealed complexities in the tectonic setting of the western continental margin (Eremenko and Dutta, 1968; Kailasam et al., 1972: Harbison and Bassinger, 1973; Guha et al.. 1974a,b; Balkrishnan and Sharma, 1981; Kaila et al., 1981: Valasangkar et al., 1981). On the basis of such studies, Chandrasekharam (1985) modelled the structure and evolution of the Western Continental Margin of India. A number of horsts, grabens and faults have developed along this trailing margin of the advancing Indian subcontinent. Prominent structural elements, in the tectonic and geomorphic evolution of the Maharashtra coast, are the

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Bombay on the west coast of Maharashtra and suggested that the fault is located along the coastline. The distribution of geomorphic features will be analyzed in context of the major faulting structure regime outlined above.

GEOMORPHIC CHARACTERISTICS
The coastal tract constitutes a transitional environment and exhibits geomorphic features of both fluvial and marine origin. Geomorphic features fall into the following categories; (I) Marine - - Erosional: Headlands, creeks, tidal inlets, wave-cut platforms, seacliffs, sea-caves, sea-stacks and islands. Depositional: Estuaries and rias, tidal and mud flats, sandy beach, pocket beach, sand bars and sand spits, tombolo, raised marine terraces. (II) Fluvial - - Erosional: Hill ranges and valleys, waterfalls, planar surfaces. River terraces, alluvial plains. (III) Aeolian - - Depositional: Beach dunes. A variety of the geomorphic features are presented in Fig.

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3 (a)-(c). Their distribution and field characteristics have been described by Powar et al. (1978, I979a,b), Sawant (1980), Patil (1981), Sukhtankar et al. (1986), Sukhtankar ( 1986, 1989), Pandian and Sukhtankar (1989) and Patti eta/. (1988). DISCUSSION The associations and dislribntion ol the :,ibo\c geomorphic features are characteristic of any coastal tract. where fluvial and marine systems merge. Numerous small islands are present just offshorc of the Maharashtra coast, viz., Chaul, Kadu. Rat, Sansa Fort. Janjira Fort, Butcher, Underi, Khanderi, Arnala, etc. These islands are the result of marine erosion and appear linearl 5 placed, parallel to the coastline, suggesting that their formation is structurally controlled. Their linearity parallels the trend of the West Coast Fault. Straight line segments of the coast are represented by linear beaches, while aerial photographs and L A N D S A T images indicate lineaments. Such a pattern is shown in Figs 3 (a)-(c) and 4, which indicate disposition in an en echelon fashion. Drifting of the Indian subcontinent with anti clockwise rotation is a possible explanation for such a pattern of linear beaches and coastlines (Sukhtankar, 1989) Absence of marine erosional features north of lat. 18', 50"

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N led Powar el al. (1978) to suggest a hinge fault along the trend o1' Kundalika River. To the south of the Kundalika Rivet', marine erosional features and the ria type coast have led Bruckner (1987) to suggest that the Maharashtra Coast is a submerged coast. A similar conclusion was reached by Ahmad (1972). Along with the features of marine erosion, raised marine terraces have also been observed The marine terrace lithology and their disposition patterns indicate that they' represent regressional facies and coastal p,-ogradation, which occurred during Quaternary sea-level changes. Vertical sections of these deposits are shown in Fig. 5. The deposits are about 2-5 m thick. Field characteristics have been described by Powar et al. (1978, 1979a,b). The occurrence of an additional marine terrace with low elevation from the southern part of the Maharashtra coast has also been reported (Sukhtankar el al., 1986). This terrace is observed south of Ratnagiri but is absent to the north of

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Ratnagiri. This suggests that the southern part of the Maharashtra Coast, south of Ratnagiri, has experienced regressive sedimentation and therefore coastal progradation. Proximity of this terrace to the present high tide mark, compared to the terrace that occurs to the north and south of Ratnagiri, indicates that it is relatively younger in age. The possible uplift of the coast south of Ratnagiri can explain the presence of this terrace on this part of the coast and the absence on the coast north of Ratnagiri. The Maharashtra coast has experienced both

transgression and regression of sea-level during the Quaternary (Kale and Rajaguru, 1985). Lower stillstand levels on the western continental shelf of India at -92 m, -85 m, -75 m and -55 m between lat. 14 and 20 have been reported by Nair (1974). These stillstands are assigned to the Holocene transgression that followed maximum of the last glacial regression. It has been suggested by Kale and Rajaguru (1985) that about 6000 BP, sea-level was almost the same as that of today. Between 6000 and 2000 BP it rose to about 3-4 m above the present sea-level. A curve plotting sea level data (Kale and Rajaguru, 1985) shows two instances about 4.2 to 4.3 ka BP and about 2.2 to 2.8 ka BP, when sea-level was above the present datum. The raised marine terraces, observed on the coast seem to have developed in response to these changes. The raised marine terrace of about 4 m elevation, that developed all along the coast to lat. 19 N, indicates a uniform response of the coastline to changing sea-level. However, the development of a second raised marine terrace of about 0.5 m elevation south of Ratnagiri indicates a differential response of the coastline. Considering the nature of lineaments and the spatial distributions of the regressional facies of sedimentation, the Maharashtra coast can be divided into three blocks, as shown in Fig. 4. With respect to changing seaqevels, concurrent but differential vertical movement of these blocks is responsible for the distributions of marine erosional and depositional geomorphic features. An evolutionary model of the Maharashtra coast is suggested and diagrammatically presented in Fig. 6. Such an evolutionary model explains the differential response of each block, the distribution of geomorphic features of marine origin including raised marine terraces, and the development of broader river valleys and river terraces at the river mouths. In conclusion, transgressional-regressional phases of sea-

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