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Causes and timing of the 8200 yr BP event inferred from the comparison of the GRIP Be-10 and the tree ring Delta C-14 record

  • Raimund Muscheler
  • J Beer
  • M Vonmoos
Publishing year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 2101-2111
Publication/Series: Quaternary Science Reviews
Volume: 23
Issue: 20-22
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Elsevier

Abstract english

We analyse the 8200 yr BP cold event by comparing the high-resolution Be-10 record from the GRIP ice core from Central Greenland with the well-known tree ring Delta(14)C record. By transferring the absolute dated tree ring chronology to the ice core time scale, we show that the coldest phase in the GRIP record occurred around 8150 yr BP. Furthermore, this method allows us to disentangle production and climate effects on Be-10 and C-14 with important implications for the reconstruction of past solar activity, and changes in the carbon cycle and Be-10 transport. We show that, in principle, it is possible to infer changes in ocean circulation by comparing Be-10 and C-14 records. However, the duration of the 8200 yr BP event is too short to assign unambiguously a significant change in atmospheric C-14 concentration to changes in the global ocean circulation. Based on the comparison of Be-10 with climate records, one could argue that the 8200 yr BP cold event is triggered by a change towards lower solar activity. However, this link is questioned by the fact that around this period there are other similar and even stronger changes in solar activity that have no apparent connection to climate changes. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


  • Geology


  • ISSN: 0277-3791
Raimund Muscheler
E-mail: raimund [dot] muscheler [at] geol [dot] lu [dot] se


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