Sea-Level Fluctuations and Deep-Sea Sedimentation Rates

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Science  02 Feb 1979:
Vol. 203, Issue 4379, pp. 455-456
DOI: 10.1126/science.203.4379.455


Sediment accumulation rate curves from 95 drilled cores from the Pacific basin and sea-level curves derived from continental margin seismic stratigraphy show that high biogenous sediment accumulation rates correspond to low eustatic sea levels for at least the last 48 million years. This relationship fits a simple model of high sea levels producing lower land/sea ratios and hence slower chemical erosion of the continents, and vice versa.

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