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Geo-Marine Letters

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 64–71 | Cite as

Last glacial sea-level changes and paleogeography of the Korea (Tsushima) Strait

  • S.-C. Park
  • D.-G. Yoo
  • C.-W. Lee
  • E.-I. Lee

Abstract

The Korea (Tsushima) Strait is an important seaway through which the warm Tsushima Current flows into the East Sea (Japan Sea). A paleogeographic map constrained by a regional sea-level curve developed on the basis of a number of recent 14C radiocarbon dates suggests that the Korea Strait was not closed during the last glacial period. Rather, it was open as a channel-like seaway linking the western North Pacific and the East Sea. Some fraction of the paleo-Tsushima Current inflow presumably continued at that time through the Korea Strait. The activity of the paleo-Tsushima Current is evidenced by the distribution pattern of river-derived lowstand deposits, consisting of a beach/shoreface complex and lowstand deltaic wedges.

Keywords

Japan Distribution Pattern Glacial Period Radiocarbon Date Warm Tsushima Current 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • S.-C. Park
    • 1
  • D.-G. Yoo
    • 2
  • C.-W. Lee
    • 2
  • E.-I. Lee
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Oceanography, Chungnam National University, Taejon 305-764, Korea e-mail: scpark@cnu.ac.krKR
  2. 2.Korea Institute of Geology, Mining and Materials, Taejon 305-350, KoreaKR

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