World Atlas of Holocene Sea-Level Changes

World Atlas of Holocene Sea-Level Changes

1st Edition - November 20, 1991

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  • Authors: J. Pluet, P.A. Pirazzoli
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080870960

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This timely study is concerned with the current record of sea-level changes during the past 10,000 years; their rates, and our ability to estimate these changes accurately. The author begins with an extensive introduction to the subject, covering the historical background and the possible causes of sea-level changes and the main methods used to reconstruct former sea-level positions. The second and main part of the Atlas provides a worldwide review of Holocene sea level changes by assembling some 800 local relative sea-level curves, deduced from field data from all parts of the world, and comparing these with over 100 curves predicted by geophysical models. This data is compiled in 77 regional plates, each containing 4-20 relative sea-level curves drawn to the same scale. These plates enable a visual assessment of geological trends in sea-level during the Holocene to be made.Comparing this data with trends deduced from tide gauges and near-future trends predicted by climate models, should enable more accurate assessment of near future sea-level changes on a local scale. The regional plates are fully annotated with locations, authors' names, year of publication and some indicative values of the spring tidal range in the region, as well as an accompanying text of comments.Finally, the author provides a state of the art review, proposes improvements in methodology and suggests directions for further study. An extensive bibliography of over 750 references, and two indexes complete the study. This comprehensive work contains data and interpretations of value to all those with an interest in regional geography, climatology, sea-level change, and environmental science.

Table of Contents

  • Part 1. Introduction. Historical background. Possible causes of sea-level changes. How sea-level changes are studied. Sea-level indicators. Dating Holocene shorelines. The accuracy of sea-level curves. Sea-level predictions. Aims of this Atlas. How to consult the Atlas. Part 2: Regional Sea-Level Changes. Svalbard. Fennoscandia. Norway. North Norway - Kola Peninsula. Central Norway. Southwest Norway. Oslofjord. Denmark - The Kattegat. Southwest & South Sweden. Southeast Sweden. Northeast Sweden. Finland. East Baltic Coasts. Germany: Baltic. Germany: North Sea. The Netherlands. British Isles: Introduction. Southeast Britain. Scotland. Ireland. Northwest England. North and West Wales. Bristol Channel. English Channel. British Isles. Atlantic France. The Mediterranean. Central Mediterranean. The Aegean. The Levant, the Black Sea, the Caspian Sea. West Africa. West Indian Ocean. Northeast Indian Ocean. Vietnam - South China. East China - Korea. Arctic & Pacific USSR. Japan. North Japan. Central Japan. West Japan. South Japan. Taiwan - Micronesia. Melanesia. Polynesia. New Zealand. Australia. The west coasts of the Americas. Antarctica. The east coasts of South America. West Indies - Bermuda. Guiana - Central America. The Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic shelf of the USA. The Atlantic coast of the USA. Florida - Carolina. Virginia - Delaware. New Jersey, New York, Connecticut. Massachusetts. New Hampshire - Maine. Development and deglaciation of the Laurentide ice sheet. New Brunswick - Nova Scotia. Prince Edward Island. St. Lawrence River & Gulf. Newfoundland Island. Labrador. Hudson Bay. Foxe Basin - Baffin Island. Beaufort Sea - Melville I. - Somerset I. Ellesmere and Devon Islands. Greenland Part 3. Conclusions. Part 4. References. Locality Index. Author Index.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 299
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 1991
  • Published: November 20, 1991
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080870960

About the Authors

J. Pluet

Affiliations and Expertise

CNRS, Laboratoire de Géographie Physique, Meudon-Bellevue, France

P.A. Pirazzoli

Affiliations and Expertise

CNRS, Paris, France

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