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Holocene sea-level change and human response in Pacific Islands

Nunn, Patrick D. (2007) Holocene sea-level change and human response in Pacific Islands. Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 98 (1). pp. 117-125. ISSN 1755-6910

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Holocene sea-level changes affected people living in the Pacific Islands and their ancestors along the western Pacific Rim. Sea-level changes, particularly those that were rapid, may have led to profound and enduring societal/lifestyle changes. Examples are given of (1) how a rapid sea-level rise (CRE-3) about 7600 BP could ultimately have led to the earliest significant cross-ocean movements of people from the western Pacific Rim into the islands; (2) how mid to late Holocene sea-level changes gradually created coastal environments on Pacific Islands that were highly attractive to human settlers; (3) a hypothesis that rapid sea-level fall during the ‘AD 1300 Event' brought about widespread disruption to trajectories of cultural evolution throughout the Pacific Islands; and (4) the effects of recent and likely future sea-level rise on Pacific Island peoples.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Divisions: Office of the PVC (R&I)
Depositing User: Ms Mereoni Camailakeba
Date Deposited: 26 May 2007 01:54
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2012 01:25

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