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Revisiting late Holocene sea-level change from the Gilbert Islands, Kiribati, west-central Pacific Ocean

  • Hiroya Yamano (a1), Hajime Kayanne (a2), Toru Yamaguchi (a3), Tomomi Inoue (a1), Yukira Mochida (a4) (a5) and Shigeyuki Baba (a6)...
Abstract

New coral microatoll data allow presenting an updated late Holocene sea-level curve for the Gilbert Islands of Kiribati. Examination of build-up elevation and spatial distribution of microatolls, along with radiocarbon age data from coral samples, suggest an approximately 1 m sea-level high stand, possibly lasting from ~3500 to 1900 cal yr BP. Our sea-level curve, which is similar to the one reported from the Marshall Islands, is a baseline to reconstruct the evolution of reef flats and reef islands. In addition, it provides important contextual data to infer human settlement on islands in the west-central Pacific.

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*Corresponding author at: Center for Environmental Biology and Ecosystem Studies, National Institute for Environmental Studies, 16-2 Onogawa, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8506, Japan. E-mail address: hyamano@nies.go.jp (H. Yamano).
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