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Evidence of Abrupt Climatic Change During the Last 1,500 Years Recorded in Ice Cores from the Tropical Quelccaya Ice Cap, Peru

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Abrupt Climatic Change

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Reliable observations of climatic variation prior to 1850 are limited or absent for many regions, especially South America. Ice sheet and ice caps can provide a valuable supplement to historical and other proxy records. The tropical Quelccaya ice cap in Peru (5,670m) has provided a 1500-year record of climatic variability. Abrupt climatic events are recorded in this ice by microparticle concentrations, conductivities and oxygen isotopes which are discussed in detail for three periods: A.D. 1928–1947, 1864–1905 and 1452–1550. These data suggest that both the onset and termination of the “Little Ice Age” were abrupt in tropical South America.

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Thompson, L.G., Mosley-Thompson, E. (1987). Evidence of Abrupt Climatic Change During the Last 1,500 Years Recorded in Ice Cores from the Tropical Quelccaya Ice Cap, Peru. In: Berger, W.H., Labeyrie, L.D. (eds) Abrupt Climatic Change. NATO ASI Series, vol 216. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-3993-6_9

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