Geo-Marine Letters

, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 131–136

Evidence for the 8,200 a b.p. cooling event in the middle Okinawa Trough


    • Department of Earth SciencesRice University
  • Yingqian Xiong
    • Department of GeosciencesUniversity of Houston
  • Zhenxia Liu
    • Marine Geology Division, The First Institute of OceanographySOA
  • Serge Berné
    • IFREMERGéosciences Marines
  • Chi-Yue Huang
    • Department of Earth ScienceNational Cheng Kung University
  • Guodong Jia
    • Guangzhou Institute of GeochemistryChinese Academy of Sciences

DOI: 10.1007/s00367-007-0095-x

Cite this article as:
Yu, H., Xiong, Y., Liu, Z. et al. Geo-Mar Lett (2008) 28: 131. doi:10.1007/s00367-007-0095-x


Based on new and existing data on oxygen isotopes, alkenone-surface seawater temperature trends, planktonic foraminifers, lithology, and clay mineral composition of piston cores, a distinct cooling event has been identified around 8,200 cal a b.p. in the middle Okinawa Trough, northwest Pacific. This corresponds to the 8,200 a b.p. cooling event recorded in many places of the Northern Hemisphere. During this event, the local temperature decreased by 1°C, and the δ18O value increased by 0.6‰. A strengthened Asian winter monsoon is the most probable cause for this event, which thus adds further credibility to the contention that we are dealing here with a global phenomenon.

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