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Heinrich event 4 and Dansgaard/Oeschger events 5–10 recorded by high-resolution speleothem oxygen isotope data from central China

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 January 2017

Houyun Zhou*
School of Geography, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, China State Key Laboratory of Loess and Quaternary Geology, Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xi'an 710075, China
Jian-xin Zhao
Radiogenic Isotope Facility, School of Earth Sciences, the University of Queensland, Brisbanez, Qld 4072, Australia
Yuexing Feng
Radiogenic Isotope Facility, School of Earth Sciences, the University of Queensland, Brisbanez, Qld 4072, Australia
Qiong Chen
School of Geography, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, China
Xiaojian Mi
School of Geography, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, China
Chuan-Chou Shen
High-precision Mass Spectrometry and Environment Change Laboratory (HISPEC), Department of Geosciences, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan, ROC
Haibo He
School of Geography, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, China
Liang Yang
School of Geography, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, China
Shuhua Liu
School of Geography, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, China
Lin Chen
School of Geography, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, China
Jiayi Huang
School of Geography, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, China
Liyan Zhu
School of Geography, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, China
*Corresponding author at: School of Geography, South China Normal University, Shipai, Tianhe, Guangzhou 510631, China. E-mail (H. Zhou).


A 50-yr resolution reconstruction of climate and environment variability during the period 43–14 ka was developed using 26 high-precision U/Th dates and 390 oxygen isotope (δ18O) data of a stalagmite (SJ1) collected from Songjia Cave in central China, which is close to the northwestern boundary of the Asian summer monsoon (ASM). The δ18O record in SJ1 displays significant millennial-scale changes that correlate well in timing and duration with Dansgaard/Oeschger (D/O) events 5–10 and Heinrich event 4 (H4) identified in high-latitude regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Four 230Th dates constrain the H4 event precisely to the period of 39.7 to 38.3 ka. Notable centennial variations of the ASM activity could be observed within the H4 event. The magnitude and duration of D/O event 4.1 recorded in SJ1 are similar to those archived in east China but different from those documented in southwest China, suggesting that the manifestation of this event may be regionally different. The timing, duration and structure of D/O events 5–10 and Heinrich event 4 suggest that temperature changes in both hemispheres have exerted significant influences on the ASM variations in central China.

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