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Holocene Paleoenvironmental Records from Arctic Lake Sediment


Arctic Lake
Photo by Darrell Kaufman.
Holocene Paleoenvironmental Records from Arctic Lake Sediment
Journal of Paleolimnology Special Volume
Volume 48, Number 1, May 2012
Edited by Darrell Kaufman, Northern Arizona University


The 18 papers in this Special Issue of the Journal of Paleolimnology report new records of Holocene environmental and climate change from Arctic lake sediment. At least 15 distinct physical, chemical, and biological properties were analyzed at lakes located across the North American Arctic and subarctic, and northwestern Europe. The studies are notable for their multi-proxy approach (eight present data for at least five different proxies), and for the high quality of their geochronological control. Three of the studies analyzed sediment from more than one lake to test the influence of contrasting physiographic settings and ages on the response of proxies to the same climate forcing. The sedimentary sequences analyzed in seven studies extend beyond 11.5 cal ka, providing evidence for pronounced climate shifts that took place during the late-glacial period. Two-thirds extend beyond 8 cal ka; many of these records were interpreted in terms of the shift in temperature and moisture that occurred during the transition from the warm early to middle Holocene to the cooler late Holocene. These records contribute to the growing network of sites that is needed to reconstruct the spatial pattern of this pronounced paleoclimate transition, and to address how ocean-atmospheric circulation changed with the mean state of climate.

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Kaufman et al. Lone Spruce Pond, Alaska 14,500 Year Multiproxy Sediment Data, Text or Excel
Wooller et al. Qalluuraq Lake, Alaska 12,000 Year Multiproxy Methane Sediment Data, Text or Excel
Finney et al. Dune Lake, Alaska 12,000 Year Multiproxy Sediment Data, Text or Excel
Gonyo et al. Kepler Lake, Alaska 800 Year Multiproxy Sediment Data, Text or Excel
Chipman et al. Keche Lake, Alaska 3500 Year Multiproxy Sediment Data, Text or Excel
Wooller et al. Quartz Lake, Alaska 11,200 Year Chironomid and Stable Isotope Data, Text or Excel
Oswald et al. Okpilak Lake, Alaska 14,500 Year Multiproxy Sediment Data, Text or Excel
Diedrich and Loso Iceberg Lake, Alaska 1500 Year Varve Thickness Data, Text or Excel
Irvine et al. Trout Lake, Yukon 14,400 Year Midge-Inferred July Temperature, Text or Excel
Pompeani et al. Rantin Lake, Yukon 10,900 - 3,100 YrBP Multiproxy Sediment Data, Text or Excel
Lapointe et al. East Lake, Melville Island, Canada 2840 Year Grain Size Data, Text or Excel
Camill et al. Unit Lake, Manitoba Holocene Multiproxy Sediment Data, Text or Excel
Thomas et al. Ayr Lake, Baffin Island 570Yr Leaf Wax Hydrogen Isotope and Varve Data, Text or Excel
Anderson et al. Kangerlussuaq, Greenland Holocene Multiproxy Lake Sediment Data, Text or Excel
Perren et al. West Greenland 9,500 Year Multiproxy Lake Sediment Data, Text or Excel
Massa et al. Lake Igaliku, South Greenland Holocene Multiproxy Sediment Data, Text or Excel
Balascio and Bradley Lofoten Islands, Norway Multiproxy Holocene Lake Sediment Data, Text or Excel
Helama et al. Fennoscandia 7500Yr Pollen-TreeRing July Temperature Reconstructions, Text or Excel

To read or view the Special Issue, please visit the SpringerLink website.
It was published in Journal of Paleolimnology, Volume 48, Number 1, May 2012.
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