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Selmun: a coastal limestone landscape enriched by scenic landforms, conservation status and religious significance

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Selmun : a coastal limestone landscape enriched by scenic landforms, conservation status and religious significance. / Sammut, Sephora; Gauci, Ritienne; Inkpen, Robert; Lewis, Jessica Jade; Gibson, Andy.

Landscapes and Landforms of the Maltese Islands. ed. / R. Gauci; J. Schembri. Springer, 2019. p. 325-341 (World Geomorphological Landscapes).

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Sammut, S, Gauci, R, Inkpen, R, Lewis, JJ & Gibson, A 2019, Selmun: a coastal limestone landscape enriched by scenic landforms, conservation status and religious significance. in R Gauci & J Schembri (eds), Landscapes and Landforms of the Maltese Islands. World Geomorphological Landscapes, Springer, pp. 325-341. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-15456-1_26

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Sammut, S., Gauci, R., Inkpen, R., Lewis, J. J., & Gibson, A. (2019). Selmun: a coastal limestone landscape enriched by scenic landforms, conservation status and religious significance. In R. Gauci, & J. Schembri (Eds.), Landscapes and Landforms of the Maltese Islands (pp. 325-341). (World Geomorphological Landscapes). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-15456-1_26

Vancouver

Sammut S, Gauci R, Inkpen R, Lewis JJ, Gibson A. Selmun: a coastal limestone landscape enriched by scenic landforms, conservation status and religious significance. In Gauci R, Schembri J, editors, Landscapes and Landforms of the Maltese Islands. Springer. 2019. p. 325-341. (World Geomorphological Landscapes). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-15456-1_26

Author

Sammut, Sephora ; Gauci, Ritienne ; Inkpen, Robert ; Lewis, Jessica Jade ; Gibson, Andy. / Selmun : a coastal limestone landscape enriched by scenic landforms, conservation status and religious significance. Landscapes and Landforms of the Maltese Islands. editor / R. Gauci ; J. Schembri. Springer, 2019. pp. 325-341 (World Geomorphological Landscapes).

Bibtex

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