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Decoupled warming and monsoon precipitation in East Asia over the last deglaciation
Peterse, F.; Prins, M.A.; Beets, C.J.; Troelstra, S.R.; Zheng, H.B.; Gu, Z.Y.; Schouten, S.; Sinninghe Damsté, J.S. (2011). Decoupled warming and monsoon precipitation in East Asia over the last deglaciation. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 301(1-2): 256-264. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2010.11.010
In: Earth and Planetary Science Letters. Elsevier: Amsterdam. ISSN 0012-821X, more
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Author keywords
    East Asian monsoon; air temperature; branched glycerol dialkyl glyceroltetraether; (GDGT) membrane lipid; loess; paleoclimate; deglaciation

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  • Peterse, F., more
  • Prins, M.A.
  • Beets, C.J.
  • Troelstra, S.R.
  • Zheng, H.B.
  • Gu, Z.Y.
  • Schouten, S., more
  • Sinninghe Damsté, J.S., more

Abstract
    Our understanding of the continental climate development in East Asia is mainly based on loess-paleosol sequences and summer monsoon precipitation reconstructions based on oxygen isotopes (delta O-18) of stalagmites from several Chinese caves. Based on these records, it is thought that East Asian Summer Monsoon (EASM) precipitation generally follows Northern Hemisphere (NH) summer insolation. However, not much is known about the magnitude and timing of deglacial warming on the East Asian continent. In this study we reconstruct continental air temperatures for central China covering the last 34,000 yr, based on the distribution of fossil branched tetraether membrane lipids of soil bacteria in a loess-paleosol sequence from the Mangshan loess plateau. The results indicate that air temperature varied in phase with NH summer insolation, and that the onset of deglacial warming at similar to 19 kyr BP is parallel in timing with other continental records from e.g. Antarctica, southern Africa and South-America. The air temperature increased from-IS C at the onset of the warming to a maximum of -27 degrees C in the early Holocene (similar to 12 kyr BP), in agreement with the temperature increase inferred from e.g. pollen and phytolith data, and permafrost limits in central China. Comparison of the tetraether membrane lipid-derived temperature record with loess-paleosol proxy records and stalagmite 5180 records shows that the strengthening of EASM precipitation lagged that of deglacial warming by ca. 3 kyr. Moreover, intense soil formation in the loess deposits, caused by substantial increases in summer monsoon precipitation, only started around 12 kyr BP (ca. 7 kyr lag). Our results thus show that the intensification of EASM precipitation unambiguously lagged deglacial warming and NH summer insolation, and may contribute to a better understanding of the mechanisms controlling ice age terminations.

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