Is there a time-transgressive Holocene optimum in the East Asian monsoon area?

Weijian Zhou, Shaohua Song, G. Burr, A. J T Jull, Xuefeng Lu, Huagui Yu, Peng Cheng

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Abstract

We have carried out a multiproxy analysis of high-resolution eutrophic peat/mud, sand dune, and loess/paleosol sequences covering the Holocene period in both southern and northern China, in order to test the hypothesis of a time-transgressive Holocene optimum in the East Asian monsoon area (An et al. 2000). Samples were radiocarbon dated to establish the chronology. Our results indicate that the Holocene optimum occurred between ~10,000-5000 cal yr ago in both southern and northern China, consistent with a global pattern rather than simply a local expression. Our data also support the conclusion that the evolution of Holocene climate in China is consistent with changes in Northern Hemisphere solar radiation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)865-875
Number of pages11
JournalRadiocarbon
Volume49
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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