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Centennial-scale Asian Monsoon variability during the mid-Younger Dryas from Qingtian Cave, central China

  • Dianbing Liu (a1), Yongjin Wang (a1), Hai Cheng (a2) (a3), Xinggong Kong (a1) and Shitao Chen (a1)...
Abstract

The regional climate correlation within the Northern Hemisphere in the cold/dry mid-Younger Dryas event (YD) remains elusive. A key to unraveling this issue is sufficient knowledge of the detailed climate variability at the low latitudes. Here we present a high-resolution (3-yr) δ18O record of an annually laminated stalagmite from central China that reveals a detailed Asian monsoon (AM) history from 13.36 to 10.99 ka. The YD in this record is expressed as three phases, characterized by gradual onsets but rapid ends. During the mid-YD, the AM variability exhibited an increasing trend superimposed by three centennial oscillations, well-correlated to changes in Greenland temperatures. These warming/wetting fluctuations show a periodicity of ~ 200 yr, generally in agreement with centennial changes in cosmogenic nuclides indicated by the 10Be flux from the Greenland ice. This relationship implies that centennial-scale climate changes during the mid-YD are probably caused by solar output and rapidly transported over broad regions through atmosphere reorganization.

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*Corresponding author. Fax: + 86 25 83598125. E-mail address: ldb9921@njnu.edu.cn (D. Liu), yjwang@njnu.edu.cn (Y. Wang), cheng021@umn.edu (H. Cheng), kongxinggong@njnu.edu.cn (X. Kong), chenshitao@njnu.edu.cn (S. Chen).
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