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Volume 13, issue 12
Clim. Past, 13, 1771–1790, 2017
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Clim. Past, 13, 1771–1790, 2017
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Research article 04 Dec 2017

Research article | 04 Dec 2017

Three distinct Holocene intervals of stalagmite deposition and nondeposition revealed in NW Madagascar, and their paleoclimate implications

Ny Riavo Gilbertinie Voarintsoa et al.
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This research has been an investigation of two stalagmites from two caves in NW Madagascar to reconstruct the region's paleoenvironmental changes, and to understand the linkage of such changes to the dynamics of the ITCZ. Stable isotopes, mineralogy, and petrography suggest wetter climate conditions than today during the early and late Holocene, when the mean ITCZ was south, and drier during the mid-Holocene when the ITCZ was north.
This research has been an investigation of two stalagmites from two caves in NW Madagascar to...