18 Mar '12, 3pm

New Research Lowers Past Estimates of Sea-Level Rise

New Research Lowers Past Estimates of Sea-Level Rise

New Research Lowers Past Estimates of Sea-Level Rise Posted on 19 March 2012 by John Hartz This is a reprint of a press release issued by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on March 14, 2012. Projections for the future still loom large New explanation for why beach deposits in the Bahamas are 70 feet above sea level. Credit: Paul Hearty The seas are creeping higher as the planet warms. But how high could they go? Projections for the year 2100 range from inches to several feet, or even more. The sub-tropical islands of Bermuda and the Bahamas are two seemingly unlikely places scientists have gone looking for answers. The cliffs and ancient reefs on Bermuda and the Bahamas have lured fossil-hunters for decades. The land on the Bahamas, for example, has a foundation of fossil coral; the stone is derived from the disintegration of age-old coral reefs and seashells. These ar...

Full article: http://www.skepticalscience.com/news.php?n=1354

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