Systematic mass spectrometric 230Th ages are reported for aPorites coral reef terrace from Dengloujiao, Leizhou Peninsula, South China Sea. Seven episodes of coral growth were recognized in this terrace: 7125±96, 6764±29, 5826±37, 5006±54, 2543±24,1915±15, and 1513±22 calendar years before present (cal. aBP). 50% of the coral age population fall between 7200 and 6600 cal. aBP, marking post-glacial stabilization of global sea level. Considering the facts that (i) Dengloujiao reef flat was measured at 1.6–2.5 m above modern tidal datum plane; (ii) modernPorites corals in the South China Sea are living at least ∼1 m below the modern tidal datum plane; (iii) the top 20–30 cm of the reef was eroded; and (iv) crustal subsidence in the region since mid-Holocene was negligible, we conclude that the above age groups record at least two major periods (7200–5000 and 2500–1500 cal. aBP) of high sea-level at least 2.9–3.8 m above the present-day level.
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Zhao, J., Yu, K. Timing of Holocene sea-level highstands by mass spectrometric U-series ages of a coral reef from Leizhou Peninsula, South China Sea. Chin.Sci.Bull. 47, 348–352 (2002). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02901194
- South China Sea
- U-series dating
- sea level