Asian monsoon dynamics at Dansgaard/Oeschger events 14-8 and Heinrich events 5-4 in northern China

Dong, Jinguo, Shen, Chuan-Chou, Kong, Xinggong, Wang, Yi and Duan, Fucai (2018) Asian monsoon dynamics at Dansgaard/Oeschger events 14-8 and Heinrich events 5-4 in northern China. Quaternary Geochronology, 47. pp. 72-80. ISSN 1871-1014

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A precisely 230Th-dated stalagmite oxygen isotope (δ18O) record from Dragon Cave,Shanxi Province, northern China, is proposed to reconstruct the millennial-scale changes of the East Asian Summer monsoon (EASM) during the period 53.2-1.3 ka BP (before 1950 AD). Our record shows significant millennial-scale oscillations that match in timing, characteristic, and duration with the Dansgaard/Oeschger (DO)30 events 14-8 and the Heinrich events 5, 4, 2, and 1 (hereafter H5, H4, H2 and H1) in high-latitude regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Especially, the H5 event is well
constrained from 48.1 to 46.9 ka BP with ten 230Th dates. Our chronology supports the NGRIP GICC05 timescale from 50 to 38 ka BP. A comprehensive comparison of the Chinese speleothem records from different regions along a north-south transect shows a unique trend towards more negative δ
18O values from 48.0 to 38.0 ka BP, suggesting that an intensified Asian summer monsoon (ASM) across the whole monsoonal China during the interval. We speculate that the joint effect, from both the cooling of the Southern Hemisphere and the enhanced land-sea temperature contrast
due to the rising summer insolation, is capable to regulate the low-latitude large-scale atmospheric circulation patterns and exert significant influences on the long-term
ASM variations during the middle of Marine Isotope Stage 3.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Depositing User: Sharon Krummel
Date Deposited: 18 May 2018 13:33
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 15:02

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