Marine Planation of Tropical Limestone Islands

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Science  15 Jul 1960:
Vol. 132, Issue 3420, pp. 144-145
DOI: 10.1126/science.132.3420.144


Geological studies in the western Atlantic indicate that sea level is now near its highest position since the Pleistocene, and that intertidal erosion at this level has been negligible. The evidence conflicts with the idea that many coral reefs were recently planed down from a higher stand of the sea.