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Climatic influence of the latest Antarctic isotope maximum of the last glacial period (AIM4) on Southern Patagonia.


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Jouve, Guillaume, Lisé-Pronovost, Agathe, Francus, Pierre et De Coninck, Arnaud (2017). Climatic influence of the latest Antarctic isotope maximum of the last glacial period (AIM4) on Southern Patagonia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology , vol. 472 . p. 33-50. DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2017.02.020.

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This paper presents the first detailed paleoclimate reconstruction of the latest Antarctic isotope maximum (AIM4, ~ 33–29 ka cal. BP) at 52°S in continental southeastern Argentine Patagonia. High-resolution sedimentological and geochemical analyses of sediments from the maar lake Potrok Aike (PTA) reveal a decrease in the thickness of flood-induced turbidites and a series of wind burst deposits during AIM4, both pointing to increasingly drier conditions. This interpretation is also supported by a significant amount of runoff-driven micropumices incorporated within the sediments that suggests a lower lake level with canyons incising thick tephra deposits around the lake. Increased gustiness and/or dust availability in southeast Patagonia, together with intensified Antarctic circumpolar circulation in the Drake Passage, dust deposition in the Scotia Sea and in Antarctica ice shelf, are consistent with a southward shift of the Southern Westerly Winds (SWW) during the AIM4. In contrast to other warmer AIMs, the SWW during the AIM4 did not migrate far enough south to generate upwelling in the Southern Ocean and they did not reach 52°S in SE Patagonia, as revealed by unchanged values of the rock-magnetic proxy of wind intensity obtained from the same PTA core. Nevertheless, the SWW displacement during AIM4 imposed drier conditions at 52°S in southeast Patagonia likely by blocking precipitation from the Atlantic Ocean, in a way similar to modern seasonal variations and the other Antarctic warm events.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: Southern Westerly winds; micro X-ray fluorescence; microfacies; micropumices; dust; flood
Centre: Centre Eau Terre Environnement
Date de dépôt: 12 févr. 2018 21:29
Dernière modification: 13 févr. 2019 05:00
URI: https://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/5183

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