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Volume 10, issue 3 | Copyright
Clim. Past, 10, 1001-1015, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-10-1001-2014
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Research article 22 May 2014

Research article | 22 May 2014

Low-latitude climate variability in the Heinrich frequency band of the Late Cretaceous greenhouse world

N. J. de Winter1,*, C. Zeeden1,2, and F. J. Hilgen1 N. J. de Winter et al.
  • 1Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, Budapestlaan 4, 3584 CD Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • 2Chair of Physical Geography and Geoecology, Dept. of Geology, RWTH Aachen University, Wüllnerstr. 5b, 52056 Aachen, Germany
  • *now at: Earth System Science Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium

Abstract. Deep marine successions of early Campanian age from DSDP (Deep Sea Drilling Project) site 516F drilled at low paleolatitudes in the South Atlantic reveal distinct sub-Milankovitch variability in addition to precession, obliquity and eccentricity-related variations. Elemental abundance ratios point to a similar climatic origin for these variations and exclude a quadripartite structure as an explanation for the inferred semi-precession cyclicity in the magnetic susceptibility (MS) signal as observed in the Mediterranean Neogene for precession-related cycles. However, semi-precession cycles as suggested by previous work are likely an artifact reflecting the first harmonic of the precession signal. The sub-Milankovitch variability, especially in MS, is best approximated by a ~7 kyr cycle as shown by spectral analysis and bandpass filtering. The presence of sub-Milankovitch cycles with a period similar to that of Heinrich events of the last glacial cycle is consistent with linking the latter to low-latitude climate change caused by a non-linear response to precession-induced variations in insolation between the tropics.

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