Pleistocene Sea Levels, Southeastern Virginia

Science  31 May 1963:
Vol. 140, Issue 3570, pp. 979-983
DOI: 10.1126/science.140.3570.979


Detailed study of post-Miocene stratigraphy in southeastern Virginia reveals at least 13 formations which show six Pliocene (?) and Pleistocene cycles of emergence and submergence, with maximum submergent sea levels near +45, +45, +20, +25, +15, and 0 feet, respectively. The newly established stratigraphic framework disproves earlier interpretations of "terrace-stratigraphy" and sea level chronologies.