Sea level changes during the Quaternary
Department of Geology
University of Zagreb
The presentation started with deciphering the geological time frame, and the concept of “deep time”. Starting with the age of the Universe, Earth, life on Earth it came to Phanerozoic, Cenozoik, and Quaternary. Within the Quaternary (2.6 My) a discussion of proposed new epoch “Anthropocene” was discussed. Then the sealevel changes in geological history were presented, with their causes and consequences. Quaternary and especially Holocene sealevel changes were presented, and a global sealevel rise of 125 m since Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) in the last 20.000 years was shown. Sealevel changes were illustrated with maps showing sea extent in the Adriatic basin, and around Dalmatian islands. Moreover, a profile from Vela Spila to the open sea was presented with seashore drift during sealevel rise. At the end the forecast of the climate and sealevel change was given.