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Late-Glacial Cooling in Amazonia Inferred from Pollen at Lagoa do Caçó, Northern Brazil

  • Marie-Pierre Ledru (a1), Renato Campello Cordeiro (a2), José Maria Landim Dominguez (a3), Louis Martin (a3), Philippe Mourguiart (a4), Abdelfetah Sifeddine (a2) and Bruno Turcq (a5)...


New pollen data from a core at Lagoa do Caçó, Maranhão state, Brazil (2°58′S 43°25′W; 120 m elevation), show higher frequencies of Podocarpus at the end of the Pleistocene than today. The increase in Podocarpus, which follows the successive increase of various pioneer species such as Didymopanax, Melastomataceae/Combretaceae, and Cecropia, implies a progressive late-glacial increase of moist and cool climatic conditions. A comparable increase in Podocarpus is found in other lowland records in Amazonia. A review of published pollen data from Amazonia suggests that the moisture source was from the southeast. By contrast, present-day moisture comes from the tropical Atlantic and from the Amazon basin, with its convective precipitation. The likely cause for the southeastern moisture source between ca. 15,000 and 14,500 cal yr B.P. was enhanced polar (Antarctic) advection that reached low latitudes and maintained year-round the meteorological equator in its austral-winter position at northern latitudes or reduced drastically its southward summer displacement. This hypothesis is consistent with marine and ice core records.



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Late-Glacial Cooling in Amazonia Inferred from Pollen at Lagoa do Caçó, Northern Brazil

  • Marie-Pierre Ledru (a1), Renato Campello Cordeiro (a2), José Maria Landim Dominguez (a3), Louis Martin (a3), Philippe Mourguiart (a4), Abdelfetah Sifeddine (a2) and Bruno Turcq (a5)...


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