A study of coral samples from the Bahamas indicates that sea levels during a period known as the Last Interglacial, around 120,000 years ago, fluctuated by as much as four to six meters.
This data was revealed through a more advanced coral dating method recently developed by a US research team led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI).
Scientists thus have a new understanding of the Last Interglacial, which is a time period that global average temperatures were as warm or warmer than they are today, with sea levels that could have been about six meters higher.
The researchers point out that currently increasing global temperatures could similarly lead to steep sea level rises, with WHOI geochronologist Dr. William G. Thompson saying that the volatility of this situation is a crucial matter that should be considered by the significant portion of the world's population that lives in coastal zones.
Many thanks, Dr. Thompson and colleagues, for your discoveries that provide us with a more comprehensive understanding of climate change effects. Let us quickly heed these lessons of the past and work to stabilize our planet for the safeguarding of all beings on Earth.
During a December 2010 interview by El Quintanarroense newspaper, Supreme Master Ching Hai warned of the devastating implications of rising sea levels and offered the single most effective way to restore the balance and protection of the ecosphere.
Sources: Thaindian, Science Daily