The holocene Asian monsoon: Links to solar changes and North Atlantic climate

Yongjin Wang, Hai Cheng, Larry Edwards, Yaoqi He, Xinggong Kong, Zhisheng An, Jiangying Wu, Megan J. Kelly, Carolyn A. Dykoski, Xiangdong Li

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Abstract

A 5-year-resolution absolute-dated oxygen isotope record from Dongge Cave, southern China, provides a continuous history of the Asian monsoon over the past 9000 years. Although the record broadly follows summer insolation, it is punctuated by eight weak monsoon events lasting ∼1 to 5 centuries. One correlates with the "8200-year" event, another with the collapse of the Chinese Neolithic culture, and most with North Atlantic ice-rafting events. Cross-correlation of the decadal- to centennial-scale monsoon record with the atmospheric carbon-14 record shows that some, but not all, of the monsoon variability at these frequencies results from changes in solar output.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)854-857
Number of pages4
JournalScience
Volume308
Issue number5723
DOIs
StatePublished - May 6 2005

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