Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 153–157

The paleoclimatic events and cause in the Okinawa Trough during 50 kaBP

  • Zhenxia Liu
  • Tiegang Li
  • Peiying Li
  • Qiyu Huang
  • S. Berne
  • Y. Saito
  • Zhenbo Cheng
  • Gangjian Wei
  • Lejung Liu
  • Zhen Li


Planktonic foraminiferal δ18O record for core DGKS9603 from the Okinawa Trough shows a series of climatic fluctuations and sudden cooling events in short time scale during 50 kaBP, which appear to correlate closely to the Younger Dryas and Heinrich events H1–5 recorded in Chinese loess, the South China Sea, the North Atlantic cores and the Greenland ice cores. Three polarity reversal events, correlating to Gothenburg, Mungo and Laschamp events, approximately correspond to Heinrich events H1, H3 and H5 respectively, which could be a cause of global climate changes. The δ18O curve of the Okinawa Trough is well associated with the grain size record of the Lijiayuan loess profile in northwestern China and is somewhat different from the climate fluctuations documented in the Greenland ice cores. These correlation results indicate that regional factors play an important role in controlling the climate changes in the East Asia, and the East Asian Monsoon could be the prominent regional controlling factor.


Okinawa Trough sudden paleoclimatic change events polarity reversal events Late Quaternary 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhenxia Liu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Tiegang Li
    • 3
  • Peiying Li
    • 2
  • Qiyu Huang
    • 4
  • S. Berne
    • 5
  • Y. Saito
    • 6
  • Zhenbo Cheng
    • 2
  • Gangjian Wei
    • 4
  • Lejung Liu
    • 2
  • Zhen Li
    • 2
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Marine Science and Numerical ModelingState Oceanic Administration (SOA)QingdaoChina
  2. 2.First Institute of OceanographySOAQingdaoChina
  3. 3.Institute of OceanologyChinese Academy of SciencesQingdaoChina
  4. 4.Taiwan UniversityTaibeiChina
  5. 5.French Oceanographic InstituteIFREMERPlouzaneFrance
  6. 6.Geological Survey of JapanTsukubaJapan

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