HOLOCENE SEDIMENTARY RECORD FROM THE NORTHEASTERN MALACCA STRAIT: INSIGHTS FROM BULK SEDIMENT MAGNETIC SUSCEPTIBILTY ANALYSIS
The BMS data can be divided into two intervals: from 293 to 36 cm an interval of high BMS values containing three peaks, and from 36 to 0 cm an interval of lower BMS values. Variations in BMS values can be attributed to variations in sediment input from rivers on the Malaysian mainland including the Kedah and Perlis rivers. Higher values of the lower interval can be explained by greater suspended sediment load from rivers during intervals of increased intensity monsoons (more rainfall). Conversely, lower values of the upper interval reflect decreased monsoonal intensity, less rainfall and decreased sediment load.