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New evidence from the South China Sea for an abrupt termination of the last glacial period

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Abrupt changes in climatic conditions have been seen at high latitudes in the North Atlantic1 and the Antarctic2,3 at 13 kyr BP. It is important to determine whether this abrupt change was confined to high-latitude regions or whether it was global. Here we present results demonstrating an abrupt change in the rate and character of sedimentation in the South China Sea at the close of the last glacial period. Radiocarbon dating and its position in the oxygen isotope shift suggest that this change may be coincident with the changes found at high latitudes.

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Broecker, W., Andree, M., Klas, M. et al. New evidence from the South China Sea for an abrupt termination of the last glacial period. Nature 333, 156–158 (1988). https://doi.org/10.1038/333156a0

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