By Paul Homewood
We are often fed the impression that sea levels have remained pretty much constant since they stopped rising after the ice age ended, until the last century.
It is worth, therefore, seeing what HH Lamb had to say on the subject, in his book “Climate, History And The Modern World”.
First, he finds that there is considerable agreement that
The most rapid phases [of sea level rise] were between 8000 and 5000 BC, and that the rise of general water level was effectively over by about 2000 BC, when it may have stood a metre or two higher than today. [The book was published in 1982].
He then goes on to state that
The water level may have dropped by 2 metres or more between 2000 and 500 BC. What does seem certain is that there was a tendency for world sea level to rise progressively during…
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