Large arctic temperature change at the Wisconsin-Holocene glacial transition

Kurt M. Cuffey, Gary D. Clow, Richard B. Alley, Minze Stuiver, Edwin D. Waddington, Richard W. Saltus

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Abstract

Analysis of borehole temperature and Greenland Ice Sheet Project II ice-core isotopic composition reveals that the warming from average glacial conditions to the Holocene in central Greenland was large, approximately 15°C. This is at least three times the coincident temperature change in the tropics and mid-latitudes. The coldest periods of the last glacial were probably 21°C colder than at present over the Greenland ice sheet.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)455-458
Number of pages4
JournalScience
Volume270
Issue number5235
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General

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