Abrupt climate change around 22 ka on the Siple Coast of Antarctica

K. C. Taylor, J. W.C. White, J. P. Severinghaus, E. J. Brook, P. A. Mayewski, R. B. Alley, E. J. Steig, M. K. Spencer, E. Meyerson, D. A. Meese, G. W. Lamorey, A. Grachev, A. J. Gow, B. A. Barnett

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A new ice core from Siple Dome, Antarctica suggests the surface temperature increased by ∼6°C in just several decades at approximately 22 ka BP. This abrupt change did not occur 500km away in the Byrd ice core, or in climate proxy records in the Siple Dome core indicative of the mid-latitude Pacific. This demonstrates there was significant spatial heterogeneity in the response of the Antarctic climate during the last deglaciation and draws attention to unexplained mechanisms of abrupt climate change in Antarctica.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-15
Number of pages9
JournalQuaternary Science Reviews
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology
  • Geology


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