Abstract

In the eastern Hudson Bay area, a “staircase” of 185 Holocene strand-lines provides a continuous record of emergence from about 8,000 yr B.P. (sidereal) to the present. Ages were obtained from corrected radiocarbon analyses of shells and from application of a newly discovered 45-yr cycle in beach building that is presumed to be related to the “double Hale” solar cycle. Thus, we deduced a record of climatic storminess.

The mean curve of emergence confirms Andrews's model of glacio-isostatic uplift. Analysis of the residuals in the emergence curve can be transformed to an approximate eustatic curve, which shows some degree of coincidence with other sea-level curves derived from low latitudes as well as with several climatic indicators. The strandline analysis appears to be a powerful new tool for Holocene climate analysis and prediction.

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