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Rapid rise of sea level 19,000 years ago and its global implications

Clark, PU, McCabe, AM, Mix, AC and Weaver, AJ (2004) Rapid rise of sea level 19,000 years ago and its global implications. SCIENCE, 304 (5674). pp. 1141-1144. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1126/science.1094449


Evidence from the Irish Sea basin supports the existence of an abrupt rise in sea level ( meltwater pulse) at 19,000 years before the present ( B. P.). Climate records indicate a large reduction in the strength of North Atlantic Deep Water formation and attendant cooling of the North Atlantic at this time, indicating a source of the meltwater pulse from one or more Northern Hemisphere ice sheets. Warming of the tropical Atlantic and Pacific oceans and the Southern Hemisphere also began at 19,000 years B. P. These responses identify mechanisms responsible for the propagation of deglacial climate signals to the Southern Hemisphere and tropics while maintaining a cold climate in the Northern Hemisphere.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Geography and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Environmental Sciences Research Institute > Quaternary Environmental Change
Environmental Sciences Research Institute
ID Code:23087
Deposited By: Mrs Linda Allen
Deposited On:04 Sep 2012 11:12
Last Modified:04 Sep 2012 11:12

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