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Chao Huang, Xiaoxu Qu, Lihui Wang, Yuhan Xie, Yongyi Luo, Fajin Chen, Yin Yang. Multi-proxy reconstructions of hydrological changes from continental shelf sediments in the northern South China Sea during the interval 9 200–6 200 cal a BP[J]. Acta Oceanologica Sinica, 2023, 42(9): 53-61. doi: 10.1007/s13131-023-2155-0
Citation: Chao Huang, Xiaoxu Qu, Lihui Wang, Yuhan Xie, Yongyi Luo, Fajin Chen, Yin Yang. Multi-proxy reconstructions of hydrological changes from continental shelf sediments in the northern South China Sea during the interval 9 200–6 200 cal a BP[J]. Acta Oceanologica Sinica, 2023, 42(9): 53-61. doi: 10.1007/s13131-023-2155-0

Multi-proxy reconstructions of hydrological changes from continental shelf sediments in the northern South China Sea during the interval 9 200–6 200 cal a BP

doi: 10.1007/s13131-023-2155-0
Funds:  The National Natural Science Foundation of China under contract No. 42001078; the College Student Innovation and Training Project of Guangdong Ocean University under contract No. S20211056601; the Guangdong Natural Science Foundation of China under contract No. 2021A1515011157; the Innovative Team Project of Guangdong Universities under contract No. 2019KCXTF021; the First-class Discipline Plan of Guangdong Province under contract Nos 080503032101 and 231420003; the Marine Science Research Team Project of Guangdong Ocean University under contract No. 002026002004.
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  • Corresponding author: E-mail: fjchen@gdou.edu.cn
  • Received Date: 2022-08-03
  • Accepted Date: 2022-10-28
  • Available Online: 2023-09-01
  • Publish Date: 2023-09-01
  • Past hydroclimatic conditions in southern China are poorly constrained owing to the lack of high-resolution marine-sediment records. In this study, we present high-resolution geochemical and grain-size records of marine sediments from the coastal shelf of the northern South China Sea to investigate regional hydrological variations. Results suggest a warm and humid climate during the interval 9 200–7 600 cal a BP, followed by a cold and dry climate from 7 600 cal a BP to 6 500 cal a BP, and progressive humidification during the period 6 500–6 200 cal a BP. A prominent hydrological anomaly occurred during 7 600–6 500 cal a BP. This abrupt event corresponds closely to tropical Pacific and interhemispheric temperature gradients, suggesting that moisture variations in southern China may have been driven by interhemispheric and zonal Pacific temperature gradients via modulation of the intensity and location of the West Pacific subtropical high.
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