Climate Change During the Last Deglaciation in Antarctica

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Science  14 Jun 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5268, pp. 1636-1638
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5268.1636


Greenland ice core records provide clear evidence of rapid changes in climate in a variety of climate indicators. In this work, rapid climate change events in the Northern and Southern hemispheres are compared on the basis of an examination of changes in atmospheric circulation developed from two ice cores. High-resolution glaciochemical series, covering the period 10,000 to 16,000 years ago, from a central Greenland ice core and a new site in east Antarctica display similar variability. These findings suggest that rapid climate change events occur more frequently in Antarctica than previously demonstrated.