Timing of millennial-scale climate change at Siple Dome, West Antarctica, during the last glacial period

Edward J. Brook, James W.C. White, Annie S.M. Schilla, Michael L. Bender, Bruce Barnett, Jeffery P. Severinghaus, Kendrick C. Taylor, Richard B. Alley, Eric J. Steig

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Abstract

Using atmospheric methane and the isotopic composition of O2 as correlation tools, we place the δD record of ice from the Siple Dome (West Antarctica) ice core on a precise common chronology with the GISP2 (Greenland) ice core for the period from 9 to 57 ka. The onset of major millennial warming events in Siple Dome preceded major abrupt warmings in Greenland, and the pattern of millennial change at Siple Dome was broadly similar, though not identical, to that previously observed for the Byrd ice core (also in West Antarctica). The addition of Siple Dome to the database of well-dated Antarctic paleoclimate records supports the case for a coherent regional pattern of millennial-scale climate change in Antarctica during much of the last ice age and glacial-interglacial transition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1333-1343
Number of pages11
JournalQuaternary Science Reviews
Volume24
Issue number12-13
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology
  • Geology

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    Brook, E. J., White, J. W. C., Schilla, A. S. M., Bender, M. L., Barnett, B., Severinghaus, J. P., Taylor, K. C., Alley, R. B., & Steig, E. J. (2005). Timing of millennial-scale climate change at Siple Dome, West Antarctica, during the last glacial period. Quaternary Science Reviews, 24(12-13), 1333-1343. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2005.02.002