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Sea-level changes during the late Pleistocene and Holocene in the Strait of Malacca


CURRENT concepts of late Pleistocene sea level history, generally referred to the 14C time scale, differ considerably1. Some authors2,3 assume that the sea level at about 30,000 BP was comparable with that of the present and others4,5 assume a considerably lower sea level at that time. We have now obtained 14C dates from in situ roots and peat which indicate that the sea level was lowered eustaticly to at least 40–60 m below the present level between 36,000 and 10,000 BP. The sea level rose from −13 m to about +5 m from 8,000 to 4,000 BP and then approached its present level.

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GEYH, M., STREIF, H. & KUDRASS, HR. Sea-level changes during the late Pleistocene and Holocene in the Strait of Malacca. Nature 278, 441–443 (1979).

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