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Seasonal and interannual variability of the mid-Holocene East Asian monsoon in coral δ 18 O records from the South China Sea.

Sun, Donghuai; Gagan, Michael; Cheng, Hai; Scott-Gagan, Heather; Dykoski, Carolyn; Edwards, R; Su, Ruixia

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Understanding the full range of past monsoon variability, with reference to specific monsoon seasons, is essential to test coupled climate models and improve their predictive capabilities. We present a 54-year long, high-resolution skeletal oxygen isotope (δ18O) record extracted from a well-preserved, massive Porites sp. coral at Hainan Island, South China Sea, to investigate East Asian monsoon variability during summer and winter ∼4400 calendar yr ago. Analysis of modern coral δ18O confirms...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/84157
Source: Earth and Planetary Science Letters
DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2005.06.022

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