Yukon River: Evidence for Extensive Migration during the Holocene Transgression

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Science  23 Mar 1973:
Vol. 179, Issue 4079, pp. 1230-1232
DOI: 10.1126/science.179.4079.1230


The shift of the Yukon River, during the Holocene sea-level transgression, from south of Nunivak Island during the Wisconsin maximum to its present location (a distance greater than 300 kilometers) is indicated by remanent channels, distinct subbottom structures, deltaic sediments, and anomalous rates of sediment accumulation on the continental shelf of the east-central Bering Sea. These features were produced as the ancestral river migrated northward across the easternmost part of this area before 11,000 years ago.