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A coral reef is evidence of an extremely rapid change in sea levels during the Holocene

3 September 2010

At www.physorg.com/print202639164.html there is a story on a relic coral reef 600km off SE Australia – 20 times bigger than the modern coral reef nearby. It thrived between 9000-7000 years ago – or that is when it was submerged and now lies 20+m below the sea surface. It perished as a result of an abrupt rise in sea levels associated, it is claimed, with melting Antarctic ice – otherwise unrecorded in ice cores but presumably a reference to the West Antarctic peninsular which is known to be vulnerable to warming phases – in this instance, the Mid Holocene Warm Period. However, that warm phase actually followed the sudden rise in sea levels so we may assume they are thinking in terms of the ice laid down in the Ice Age persisting in some places some 10,000 years after the Ice Age had come to an end. Remarkable. This study, by researchers at Wollongong University, also showed corals were able to adapt to sudden spikes in sea level, and are capable of recolonising fairly quickly after such abrupt events – which may have happened on numerous occasions and at the same time nails the lie peddled by AGW alarmists.

Note … this is of course further evidence that at the start of the Mid Holocene Warm Period, normally dated 8000 years ago, there was a rapid rise in sea level at numerous places around the world – and the emergence of land above sea level in South America (most notably).

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