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New paper finds sea levels were significantly higher than the present for ~10,000 years during the last interglacial – Published in Quaternary Research

Study reconstructs sea levels in the Arabian/Persian Gulf over the past 200,000 years and finds that during the last interglacial [Eemian, MIS 5.1-5.5 below] around 120,000 years ago, sea levels were as much as 5 meters [16 feet] higher than the present for around 10,000 years. The authors find this sea level rise was almost entirely eustatic [from the melting of glaciers] rather than tectonic movements, which were found to be “negligible.”