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Rapid glaciation and a two-step sea level plunge into the Last Glacial Maximum

Yokoyama, Yusuke; Esat, Tezer; Thompson, W.G.; Thomas, Alexander L; Webster, Jody Michael; Miyairi, Yosuke; Sawada, Chikako; Aze, Takahiro; Matsuzaki, Hiroyuki; Okuno, Jun’ichi; Fallon, Stewart; Braga, Juan


The approximately 10,000-year-long Last Glacial Maximum, before the termination of the last ice age, was the coldest period in Earth’s recent climate history1. Relative to the Holocene epoch, atmospheric carbon dioxide was about 100 parts per million lower and tropical sea surface temperatures were about 3 to 5 degrees Celsius lower2,3. The Last Glacial Maximum began when global mean sea level (GMSL) abruptly dropped by about 40 metres around 31,000 years ago4 and was followed by about 10,000...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018-07-26
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature
DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0335-4


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