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

  • Wang Y
  • Cheng H
  • Edwards R
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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 tasting similar to 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.

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  • Yongjin Wang

  • Hai Cheng

  • R. Lawrence Edwards

  • Yaoqi He

  • Xinggong Kong

  • Zhisheng An

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