Antarctic ice sheet and oceanographic response to eccentricity forcing during the early Miocene

Liebrand, D. and Lourens, L. J. and Hodell, D. A. and de Boer, B. and van de Wal, R. S. W. and Pälike, H. (2011) Antarctic ice sheet and oceanographic response to eccentricity forcing during the early Miocene. Clim. Past, 7 (3). pp. 869-880. ISSN 0003 6951 DOI 10.5194/cp-7-869-2011

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Abstract

Stable isotope records of benthic foraminifera from ODP Site 1264 in the southeastern Atlantic Ocean are presented which resolve the latest Oligocene to early Miocene (~24–19 Ma) climate changes at high temporal resolution (<3 kyr). Using an inverse modelling technique, we decomposed the oxygen isotope record into temperature and ice volume and found that the Antarctic ice sheet expanded episodically during the declining phase of the long-term (~400 kyr) eccentricity cycle and subsequent low short-term (~100 kyr) eccentricity cycle. The largest glaciations are separated by multiple long-term eccentricity cycles, indicating the involvement of a non-linear response mechanism. Our modelling results suggest that during the largest (Mi-1) event, Antarctic ice sheet volume expanded up to its present-day configuration. In addition, we found that distinct ~100 kyr variability occurs during the termination phases of the major Antarctic glaciations, suggesting that climate and ice-sheet response was more susceptible to short-term eccentricity forcing at these times. During two of these termination-phases, δ18O bottom water gradients in the Atlantic ceased to exist, indicating a direct link between global climate, enhanced ice-sheet instability and major oceanographic reorganisations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2011AREP; IA63;
Subjects: 01 - Climate Change and Earth-Ocean Atmosphere Systems
Divisions: 01 - Climate Change and Earth-Ocean Atmosphere Systems
Journal or Publication Title: Clim. Past
Volume: 7
Page Range: pp. 869-880
Identification Number: 10.5194/cp-7-869-2011
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2011 16:53
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 10:02
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/2211

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