Orbital forcing of the marine isotope stage 9 interglacial

Stirling, C.H., Esat, T.M., Lambech, K., McCulloch, M.T., Blake, S.G., Lee, D-C., and Halliday, A.N. (2001) Orbital forcing of the marine isotope stage 9 interglacial. Science, 291 (5502). pp. 290-293.

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Milankovitch orbital forcing theory has been used to assign time scales to many paleoclimate records. However, the validity of this theory remains uncertain, and independent sea-level chronologies used to test its applicability have been restricted largely to the past ~135,000 years. Here, we report U-series ages for coral reefs formed on Henderson Island during sea-level high-stands occurring at ~630,000 and ~330,000 years ago. These data are consistent with the hypothesis that interglacial climates are forced by Northern Hemisphere summer solar insolation centered at 65°N latitude, as predicted by Milankovitch theory.

Item ID: 1533
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1095-9203
Keywords: Milankovitch orbital forcing theory, paleoclimate records, sea-level chronologies, coral reefs, U-series ages, Henderson Island, interglacial climates
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2007
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0405 Oceanography > 040503 Physical Oceanography @ 0%
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