SEA-LEVEL RISE IN THE DELAWARE BAY (U.S. ATLANTIC COAST) DURING THE COMMON ERA
High-resolution records of sea level spanning the CE exist along the U.S. Atlantic coast from Connecticut, New Jersey, North Carolina and Northern Florida. Here, we present the first record from the Delaware Bay, a region with the highest rates of glacial isostatic subsidence along the U.S. Atlantic coast.
We collected a modern training set of 60 foraminiferal samples from Breakwater Harbor marsh, Delaware Bay. The assemblages are dominated by Trochammina inflata, Jadammina macrescens and Haplophragmoides spp. in the high marsh, and T. inflata, J. macrescens, Arenoparrella mexicana and Miliammina spp. in the low marsh. We developed a foraminifera-based transfer function to reconstruct the paleomarsh elevation from a ~2.6m long core of low and high marsh peat sediment.
Foraminifera-based reconstructions were placed into a temporal framework using a composite chronology composed of AMS radiocarbon, short-lived radionuclides (210Pb and 137Cs) and pollution histories. The reconstructed relative sea-level rise rate during the 20th century was assessed with the nearest Lewes (DE) tide gauge record, and then extended back over the CE.