New Dates on Holocene Sea-Level Changes in the German Bight

  1. S.-D. Nio,
  2. R. T. E. Shüttenhelm and
  3. Tj. C. E. Van Weering
  1. Gerhard Ludwig1,
  2. Helmut Müller2 and
  3. Hansjörg Streif1

Published Online: 29 JUN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303759.ch15

Holocene Marine Sedimentation in the North Sea Basin

Holocene Marine Sedimentation in the North Sea Basin

How to Cite

Ludwig, G., Müller, H. and Streif, H. (2009) New Dates on Holocene Sea-Level Changes in the German Bight, in Holocene Marine Sedimentation in the North Sea Basin (eds S.-D. Nio, R. T. E. Shüttenhelm and Tj. C. E. Van Weering), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303759.ch15

Author Information

  1. 1

    Niedersächsisches Landesamt für Bodenforschung, Stilleweg 2, D-3000 Hannover 51, F.R.G., Germany

  2. 2

    Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources, Stilleweg 2, D-3000 Hannover 51, F.R.G., Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 JUN 2009
  2. Published Print: 23 DEC 1981

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780632008582

Online ISBN: 9781444303759

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Keywords:

  • pre-holocene substratum;
  • non-marine deposits- lower peat;
  • marine nearshore environment;
  • brackish-marine influences on sedimentation;
  • intercalated peat layers

Summary

From 604 shallow boreholes drilled in the German North Sea sector 50 were selected to obtain information about the development of the North Sea basin during the Holocene.

Based on palynological and 14C data, conclusions were drawn as to the development of the facies and the rise in sea-level. Using basic data already published, a graph of the relative sea-level rise was developed. The graph covers the depth zone between 46 and 10 m below German Admiralty Datum and indicates a continuous and steep rise of the sea-level during the period between 8600 and 7100 BP. Additional data from the coastal zone demonstrate a slowly rising sea-level after 6500 BP. Different concepts on dynamics of the sea-level rise and the interpretation of sea-level indicators are compared.