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Sea levels from ancient seashells


The isotopic composition of oxygen in sea water correlates with changes in global mean sea level. Microfossils carrying oxygen-isotope signals have been used to extend sea-level records as far back as 5 million years ago. See Article p.477

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Figure 1: Isotopic recorders.

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Schneider, R. Sea levels from ancient seashells. Nature 508, 465–466 (2014).

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