Evidence for an abrupt climate fluctuation c. 8,400 years ago in a new laser ablation δ18O record from S W Ireland

F McDermott, DP Mattey, CJ Hawkesworth

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Abstract

Evaluating the significance of Holocene submillennial δ18O variability in the Greenland ice cores is crucial for understanding how natural climate oscillations may modulate future anthropogenic warming. A high-resolution oxygen isotope record from a speleothem in southwestern Ireland provides evidence for centennial-scale δ18O variations that correlate with subtle δ18O changes in the Greenland ice cores, indicating regionally coherent variability in the early Holocene. Evidence for previously undetected early Holocene cooling events is presented, but mid- to late-Holocene ice rafting in the North Atlantic appears to have had little impact on δ18O at this ocean margin site.
Translated title of the contributionEvidence for an abrupt climate fluctuation c. 8,400 years ago in a new laser ablation δ18O record from S W Ireland
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1328 - 1331
Number of pages4
JournalScience
Volume294 (5545)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2001

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Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science

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