Late Holocene relative low sea level at Merang, Terengganu

Author : Kamaludin Hassan, Suzannah Akmal & Yongqiang Zong
Publication : Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia
Page : 23 - 29
Volume Number : 62
Year : 2016

Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia, Volume 62, December 2016, pp. 23 – 29

Late Holocene relative low sea level at Merang, Terengganu

Kamaludin Hassan1*, Suzannah Akmal1 & Yongqiang Zong2

1Minerals & Geoscience Department Malaysia
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2Department of Earth Sciences, University of Hong Kong

Abstract: The study identified three sea level index points using the litho-, bio-, and chrono-stratigraphic approach. The sea level indicator is derived from the regressive contact of the intercalated peat and marine deposits. The indicative meaning of the sea level indicator is estimated based upon the microfossil relationship between fossil sea level indicators and the contemporary samples from the present-day ecological environments. The result presents an interesting new finding of low sea levels below the present mean sea level in the late Holocene, viz., 740 to 920, 900 to 960, and 1260 to 1300 calendar years BP. The revelation in Merang indicates that the tropics are sensitive to the effects of hydrostatic process and climate variability that is affecting places around the world.

Keywords: Late Holocene, sea level, Terengganu