Sea-Level Changes during the Last 2000 Years at Point Barrow, Alaska

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Science  26 Nov 1965:
Vol. 150, Issue 3700, pp. 1165-1166
DOI: 10.1126/science.150.3700.1165


Eustatic rises of sea level between A. D. 265 and 500 and between A. D. 1000 and 1100 caused the formation of raised beaches. After the first rise, sea level dropped about2 meters below the present level, permitting Eskimo settlement of Birnirk about A. D. 500. The second rise of the ocean flooded Birnirk. At present, sea level is about 0.6 to 1.0 meter below the highwater levels; the ocean partially floods Birnirk.

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