Lake Baikal Record of Continental Climate Response to Orbital Insolation During the Past 5 Million Years

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Science  07 Nov 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5340, pp. 1114-1117
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5340.1114

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The sedimentary record of biogenic silica from Lake Baikal in south-central Siberia suggests that this region of central Asia was impacted by two major cooling episodes at 2.8 to 2.6 and 1.8 to 1.6 million years ago. The spectral evolution of this continental interior site parallels the evolutionary frequency spectra for various marine oxygen isotope records. In the Baikal record, the 41,000-year obliquity cycle is particularly strong from 1.8 to 0.8 million years ago; variance in the 100,000-year eccentricity band increases during the past 0.8 million years. The expected precession frequency of 23,000 years is highest during the past 400,000 years. The modulation of the predicted 23,000- and 41,000-year insolation forcing by the 100,000- and 400,000-year eccentricity bands indicates that the transfer of variance from the precession and obliquity frequencies to the eccentricity part of the spectrum occurred in the Eurasian continental interior, as well as in tropical and high-latitude ocean sites.

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