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Links between climate and sea levels for the past three million years

Lambeck, Kurt LU ; Esat, Tezer M and Potter, Emma-Kate (2002) In Nature 419(6903). p.199-206
Abstract
The oscillations between glacial and interglacial climate conditions over the past three million years have been characterized by a transfer of immense amounts of water between two of its largest reservoirs on Earth - the ice sheets and the oceans. Since the latest of these oscillations, the Last Glacial Maximum (between about 30,000 and 19,000 years ago), similar to50 million cubic kilometres of ice has melted from the land-based ice sheets, raising global sea level by similar to130 metres. Such rapid changes in sea level are part of a complex pattern of interactions between the atmosphere, oceans, ice sheets and solid earth, all of which have different response timescales. The trigger for the sea-level fluctuations most probably lies... (More)
The oscillations between glacial and interglacial climate conditions over the past three million years have been characterized by a transfer of immense amounts of water between two of its largest reservoirs on Earth - the ice sheets and the oceans. Since the latest of these oscillations, the Last Glacial Maximum (between about 30,000 and 19,000 years ago), similar to50 million cubic kilometres of ice has melted from the land-based ice sheets, raising global sea level by similar to130 metres. Such rapid changes in sea level are part of a complex pattern of interactions between the atmosphere, oceans, ice sheets and solid earth, all of which have different response timescales. The trigger for the sea-level fluctuations most probably lies with changes in insolation, caused by astronomical forcing, but internal feedback cycles complicate the simple model of causes and effects. (Less)
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  abstract     = {The oscillations between glacial and interglacial climate conditions over the past three million years have been characterized by a transfer of immense amounts of water between two of its largest reservoirs on Earth - the ice sheets and the oceans. Since the latest of these oscillations, the Last Glacial Maximum (between about 30,000 and 19,000 years ago), similar to50 million cubic kilometres of ice has melted from the land-based ice sheets, raising global sea level by similar to130 metres. Such rapid changes in sea level are part of a complex pattern of interactions between the atmosphere, oceans, ice sheets and solid earth, all of which have different response timescales. The trigger for the sea-level fluctuations most probably lies with changes in insolation, caused by astronomical forcing, but internal feedback cycles complicate the simple model of causes and effects.},
  author       = {Lambeck, Kurt and Esat, Tezer M and Potter, Emma-Kate},
  issn         = {0028-0836},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {6903},
  pages        = {199--206},
  publisher    = {Nature Publishing Group},
  series       = {Nature},
  title        = {Links between climate and sea levels for the past three million years},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature01089},
  volume       = {419},
  year         = {2002},
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