10 Be climate fingerprints during the Eemian in the NEEM ice core, Greenland

Anna Sturevik-Storm, Ala Aldahan, Göran Possnert, Ann Marie Berggren, Raimund Muscheler, Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, Bo M. Vinther, Ilya Usoskin

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Several deep Greenland ice cores have been retrieved, however, capturing the Eemian period has been problematic due to stratigraphic disturbances in the ice. The new Greenland deep ice core from the NEEM site (77.45°N, 51.06°W, 2450 m.a.s.l) recovered a relatively complete Eemian record. Here we discuss the cosmogenic 10 Be isotope record from this core. The results show Eemian average 10 Be concentrations about 0.7 times lower than in the Holocene which suggests a warmer climate and approximately 65-90% higher precipitation in Northern Greenland compared to today. Effects of shorter solar variations on 10 Be concentration are smoothed out due to coarse time resolution, but occurrence of a solar maximum at 115.26-115.36 kyr BP is proposed. Relatively high 10 Be concentrations are found in the basal ice sections of the core which may originate from the glacial-interglacial transition and relate to a geomagnetic excursion about 200 kyr BP.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6408
JournalScientific reports
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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