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Influence of Bering Strait flow and North Atlantic circulation on glacial sea-level changes

Hu, Aixue; Meedl, Gerald A.; Otto-Bliesner, Bette L.; Waelbroeck, Claire; Han, Weiqing; Loutre, Marie-France; Mitrovica, Jerry X.; Rosenbloom, Nan; Lambeck, Kurt


Sea-level fluctuations of about 20-30 m occurred throughout the last glacial period. These fluctuations seem to have been derived primarily from changes in the volume of Northern Hemisphere ice sheets1-3, and cannot be attributed solely to ice melt caused by varying solar radiation 4. Here we use a fully coupled climate model to show that the transport of relatively fresh Pacific water into the North Atlantic Ocean was limited when lower sea level restricted or closed the Bering Strait,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature Geoscience
DOI: 10.1038/NGEO729


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