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Sea-level highstand 81,000 years ago in Mallorca
Dorale, J.A.; Onac, B.P.; Fornós, J.J.; Ginés, J.; Ginés, A.; Tuccimei, P.; Peate, D.W. (2010). Sea-level highstand 81,000 years ago in Mallorca. Science (Wash.) 327(5967): 860-863.
In: Science (Washington). American Association for the Advancement of Science: New York, N.Y. ISSN 0036-8075, more
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  • Dorale, J.A.
  • Onac, B.P.
  • Fornós, J.J.
  • Ginés, J.
  • Ginés, A.
  • Tuccimei, P.
  • Peate, D.W.

    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 similar to 1 meter above modern sea level similar to 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.

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