Florida Submergence Curve Revised: Its Relation to Coastal Sedimentation Rates

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Science  07 Feb 1969:
Vol. 163, Issue 3867, pp. 562-564
DOI: 10.1126/science.163.3867.562


New data substantiate as well as modify the south Florida submergence curve, which indicates that eustatic sea level has risen continuously, although at a generally decreasing rate, during the last 6500 to 7000 sidereal years (5500 standard radiocarbon years) to reach its present position. Accumulation rates of coastal deposits are similar to the rate of sea-level rise, thus supporting the generalization that submergence rates largely determine as well as limit rates of coastal sedimentation in lagoonal and estuarine areas.