Varied Response of Western Pacific Hydrology to Climate Forcings over the Last Glacial Period

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Science  28 Jun 2013:
Vol. 340, Issue 6140, pp. 1564-1566
DOI: 10.1126/science.1233797

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Borneo Paleohydrology

Climate records of the last glacial cycle provide a good picture of how climate changed at high and middle latitudes, but fewer records of the tropics are available. Carolin et al. (p. 1564, published online 6 June) present data from a suite of precisely dated stalagmites from Borneo that reveal how the western tropical Pacific region behaved between 100,000 and 15,000 years ago, a period during which many abrupt climate changes occurred in other parts of the world. While the hydroclimate of Borneo changed in response to precessional forcing, it responded only weakly to the forces that produced glacial-interglacial changes in global climate.