Thorium-230 ages of corals and duration of the last interglacial sea-level high stand on oahu, hawaii.

Research paper by B J BJ Szabo, K R KR Ludwig, D R DR Muhs, K R KR Simmons

Indexed on: 07 Oct '94Published on: 07 Oct '94Published in: Science


Thorium-230 ages of emergent marine deposits on Oahu, Hawaii, have a uniform distribution of ages from approximately 114,000 to approximately 131,000 years, indicating a duration for the last interglacial sea-level high stand of approximately 17,000 years, in contrast to a duration of approximately 8000 years inferred from the orbitally tuned marine oxygen isotope record. Sea level on Oahu rose to >/=1 to 2 meters higher than present by 131,000 years ago or approximately 6000 years earlier than inferred from the marine record. Although the latter record suggests a shift back to glacial conditions beginning at approximately 119,000 years ago, the Oahu coral ages indicate a near present sea level until approximately 114,000 years ago.