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MacDonald, GM,Moser, KA,Bloom, AM,Porinchu, DF,Potito, AP,Wolfe, BB,Edwards, TWD,Petel, A,Orme, AR,Orme, AJ
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Evidence of temperature depression and hydrological variations in the eastern Sierra Nevada during the Younger Dryas stade
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quaternary Younger Dryas stade climate change vegetation change Sierra Nevada California paleoclimatology paleohydrology paleolimnology LAKE-LEVEL FLUCTUATIONS LATE PLEISTOCENE CLIMATE-CHANGE AGE CALIBRATION NORTH-ATLANTIC LONG VALLEY CALIFORNIA USA GLACIATION GREENLAND
Sediment records from two lakes in the east-central Sierra Nevada, California, provide evidence of cooling and hydrological shifts during the Younger Dryas stade (YD; similar to 12,900-11,500 cal yr BP). A chironomid transfer function suggests that lake-water temperatures were depressed by 2 degrees C to 4 degrees C relative to maximum temperatures during the preceding Bolling-Allerod interstade (BA; similar to 14,500-12,900 cal yr BP). Diatom and stable isotope records suggest dry conditions during the latter part of the BA interstade and development of relatively moist conditions during the initiation of the YID stade, with a reversion to drier conditions later in the YD. These paleohydrological inferences correlate with similar timed changes detected in the adjacent Great Basin. Vegetation response during the YD stade includes the development of more open and xeric vegetation toward the end of the YD. The new records support linkages between the North Atlantic, the North Pacific, and widespread YD cooling in western North America, but they also suggest complex hydrological influences. Shifting hydrological conditions and relatively muted vegetation changes may explain the previous lack of evidence for the YD stade in the Sierra Nevada and the discordance in some paleohydrological and glacial records of the YD stade from the western United States. (C) 2008 University of Washington. All rights reserved.
DOI 10.1016/j.yqres.2008.04.005
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