A high-resolution speleothem proxy record of the Late Glacial in the European Alps: extending the NALPS19 record until the beginning of the Holocene

Hanying Li, Christoph Spötl, Hai Cheng

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Abstract

Previous research has shown that speleothems from the northern rim of the European Alps captured submillennial-scale climate change during the last glacial period with exceptional sensitivity and resolution, mimicking Greenland ice-core records. Here we extend this so-called NALPS19 record across the Late Glacial using two stalagmites which grew continuously into the Holocene. Both specimens show the same high-amplitude δ18O signal as Greenland ice cores down to decadal resolution. The start of the warming at the onset of the equivalent of Greenland Interstadial (GI) GI-1e at 14.66 ± 0.18 ka agrees with the North Greenland Ice Core Project (NGRIP) (14.64 ± 0.28 ka) and comprised a temperature rise of about 5–6 °C. The transition from the equivalent of GI-1a into the equivalent of Greenland Stadial (GS) GS-1 (broadly equivalent to the Younger Dryas) commenced at 13.02 ± 0.13 ka which is consistent with NGRIP (12.80 ± 0.26 ka) within errors. The onset of the Holocene started at 11.78 ± 0.14 ka (11.65 ± 0.10 ka at NGRIP) and involved a warming of about 4–5 °C. In contrast to δ18O, δ13C values show no response to (sub)millennial climate shifts due to strong rock-buffering and only record a long-term trend of soil development starting with the rapid warming at 14.7 ka.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-39
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Quaternary Science
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
CS is grateful to DK Richter for providing stalagmite HÖL1, to A Wolf, Y Dublyansky and G Moseley for logistic support during field work. The Austrian Science Fund (FWF grant P222780) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (grants 41888101 and 41731174) partially supported this research. Helpful comments by S Lauterbach and a second reviewer are gratefully acknowledged.

Keywords

  • Alps
  • Late Glacial
  • Younger Dryas
  • rapid climate change
  • speleothems

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