Geological investigations made recently in a coastal regions and continental shelf have offered some definite evidences on the sea level changes in China during Late Quaternary. Some peat and peaty deposits have been found in the bottom of the Bohai sea, the north Huanghai Sea and the East China Sea. It is especially interesting that from the continental shelf of the East China Sea, were also found bones of big terrestrial mammals, brackish-water mollusks, shallow-water marine mollusks (relict shells), wood, peaty deposits as well as charcoal. Three chenier redges are preserved on the coastal plain of the Bohai and the Donghai near Tianjin and Shanghai. Generally, raised coral reefs or coral limestones are distributed in the tropical areas along the South China Sea, such as Hainan island, Xisha island, south Taiwan and Nansha islands.According to by dating radiocarbon 14 the sea level was higher about 40000 yrs. B. P. than today in the East China Sea. It dropped 36000 years ago at a depth of 70-80m below the present level. Since then, the sea level rose slowly to a depth of -40 to -30m at 25000-20000 years B. P. and it once again dropped to about - 110m 15000 yrs B. P. Therefore, the author is inclined to regard the lowest strand line to be existing 15000 yrs ago, while the Qomolangma Peng glacial stage (maximum Wurm) reached its maximum glacier advance.During the postglacial stage, the sea level rose slowly until it was higher by 5-7 m than the present level 5000-6000 yrs ago. The highest strand line during Holocene may have appeared 6000 yrs. ag,o. The sea level was higher by 3-4 m than today’s level 3500-2500 yrs ago. About 1800 yrs ago the sea level had a tendency to drop and finally 200 to 70 yrs ago it changed especially remarkably with an amplitude greater than that in other parts of the world.Many climatic records related to the changes of sea level during Late Pleistocene indicate that sea level changes agree with the advances of continental glaciers and the evolution of ancient organism and that they are related to climatic fluctuations, on land.
. 1979, 晚更新世以来中国海平面的变化. 地质科学, 14(4): 330-341.
. SEA LEVEL CHANGES SINCE LATE PLEISTOCENE IN CHINA[J]. Chinese Journal of Geology, 1979, 14(4): 330-341.