Paleoceanographic change during the last deglaciation, East Sea of Korea Academic Article uri icon


  • Foraminiferal assemblage and stable isotopic data are presented for three Quaternary piston cores from Ulleung Basin, East Sea of Korea ((ESK) Japan Sea) near the Korean Peninsula. Major changes in both temperature and salinity strongly affected surface and deep waters of the ESK during the the transition from the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) to the middle Holocene. Local environmental effects dominated during the LGM and the Blling/Allerd (B/A) when the ESK became semi-isolated from the Pacific Ocean. Regional/global influences dominated following the B/A, after sufficient reconnection with the Pacific. This is reflected in the foraminiferal 18O record which was largely salinity-controlled before the Younger Dryas (YD) and temperature-controlled after the YD. Paleoceanographic changes in the ESK during the last deglaciation reflect sequential reconnection with the Pacific Ocean, through gateways, first (B/A) in the north (Tsugaru Strait) and later (Holocene) in the south (Korea Strait).

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author list (cited authors)

  • Kim, J. M., Kennett, J. P., Park, B. K., Kim, D. C., Kim, G. Y., & Roark, E. B.

citation count

  • 51

complete list of authors

  • Kim, JM||Kennett, JP||Park, BK||Kim, DC||Kim, GY||Roark, EB

publication date

  • January 1, 2000 11:11 AM