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Delayed Isostatic Response and High Sea-levels


RISE of previously loaded areas as a result of delayed isostatic response is well established in Fennoscandia4, the Great Lakes3 and Lake Bonneville1. Irrespective of minor short-period fluctuations in level it is generally accepted that sea-level rose at the rapid average rate of about 8 m/1,000 years, 17000–7,000 years ago, and that it has since dropped by about 4 m (ref. 2).

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WELLMAN, H. Delayed Isostatic Response and High Sea-levels. Nature 202, 1322–1323 (1964).

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