Title

Sea-Level Highstand 81,000 Years Ago in Mallorca

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-2010

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1181725

Abstract

Global sea level and Earth’s climate are closely linked. Using speleothem encrustations from coastal caves on the island of Mallorca, we determined that western Mediterranean relative sea level was ~1 meter above modern sea level ~81,000 years ago during marine isotope stage (MIS) 5a. Although our findings seemingly conflict with the eustatic sea-level curve of far-field sites, they corroborate an alternative view that MIS 5a was at least as ice-free as the present, and they challenge the prevailing view of MIS 5 sea-level history and certain facets of ice-age theory.

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Science, v. 327, no. 5967, p. 860-863

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Yes