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The Holocene Asian Monsoon: Links to Solar Changes and North Atlantic Climate

The Holocene Asian Monsoon: Links to Solar Changes and North Atlantic Climate SCIENCE Wang, YJ (Wang, YJ); Cheng, H (Cheng, H); Edwards, RL (Edwards, RL); He, YQ (He, YQ); Kong, XG (Kong, XG); An, ZS (An, ZS); Wu, JY (Wu, JY);Kelly, MJ (Kelly, MJ); Dykoski, CA (Dykoski, CA); Li, XD (Li, XD) 2005.05
Abstract A 5-year-resolution absolute-dated oxygen isotope record from Dongge Cave, southern China, provides a continuous history of the Asian monsoon over the past 9000 years. Although the record broadly follows summer insolation, it is punctuated by eight weak monsoon events tasting similar to 1 to 5 centuries. One correlates with the "8200-year" event, another with the collapse of the Chinese Neolithic culture, and most with North Atlantic ice-rafting events. Cross-correlation of the decadal- to centennial-scale monsoon record with the atmospheric carbon-14 record shows that some, but not all, of the monsoon variability at these frequencies results from changes in solar output.