Glacial Isostasy: Regional—Not Global


The load of the continental ice caps of the Ice Ages deformed the bedrock, and when the ice melted in postglacial time, land rose. This process is known as glacial isostasy. The deformations are compensated either regionally or globally. Fennoscandian data indicate a regional compensation. Global sea level data support a regional, not global, compensation. Subtracting GIA corrections from satellite altimetry records brings—for the first time—different sea level indications into harmony of a present mean global sea level rise of 0.0 to 1.0 mm/yr.

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Mörner, N. (2015) Glacial Isostasy: Regional—Not Global. International Journal of Geosciences, 6, 577-592. doi: 10.4236/ijg.2015.66045.

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