Sea-Level Highstand 81,000 Years Ago in Mallorca
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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
Scholar Commons Citation
Dorale, Jeffrey A.; Onac, Bogdan P.; Fornós, Joan J.; Ginés, Joaquin; Ginés, Angel; Tuccimei, Paola; and Peate, David W., "Sea-Level Highstand 81,000 Years Ago in Mallorca" (2010). Geology Faculty Publications. 90.
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