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Reconstruction of temperature in the Central Alps during the past 2000 yr from a d18O stalagmite record.


Fig. 3. 2,000 Year Stalagmite Isotope Temperature Reconstruction Reconstruction of temperature in the Central Alps during the past 2000 yr from a d18O stalagmite record.
Earth and Planetary Science Letters
Vol. 235, Issues 3-4, Pages 741-751, 15 July 2005. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2005.05.010

A. Mangini1, C. Spötl2, P. Verdes1,

1 Forschungsstelle Radiometrie, Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften, Im Neuenheimer Feld 229, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany

2 Institut für Geologie und Paläontologie, Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, Innrain 52, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria

ABSTRACT:
The precisely dated isotopic composition of a stalagmite from Spannagel Cave in the Central Alps is translated into a highly resolved record of temperature at high elevation during the past 2000 yr. Temperature maxima during the Medieval Warm Period between 800 and 1300 AD are in average about 1.7°C higher than the minima in the Little Ice Age and similar to present-day values. The high correlation of this record to Δ14C suggests that solar variability was a major driver of climate in Central Europe during the past 2 millennia.

Download data from the WDC Paleo archive:
2,000-Year Spannagel Cave Speleothem Oxygen Isotope Data and Temperature Reconstruction.


To read or view the full study, please visit the Science Direct website.
It was published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol. 235, Issues 3-4, Pages 741-751, 15 July 2005. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2005.05.010
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