Grain sizes and geochemistry of Holocene sediments in the Arabian Sea


The Indian Summer Monsoon (ISM) with its rainfall is the lifeline for people living on the Indian subcontinent today and possibly was the driver of the rise and fall of early agricultural societies in the past. Intensity and position of the ISM have shifted in response to orbitally forced thermal land-ocean contrasts. At the northwestern monsoon margins, interactions between the subtropical westerly jet (STWJ) and the ISM constitute a tipping element in the Earth's climate system, because their non-linear interaction may be a first-order influence on rainfall. We reconstructed marine sea surface temperature (SST), supply of terrestrial material and vegetation changes from a very well-dated sediment core from the northern Arabian Sea to reconstruct the STWJ-ISM interaction. The Holocene record (from 11,000 years) shows a distinct, but gradual, southward displacement of the ISM in the Early to Mid-Holocene, increasingly punctuated by phases of intensified STWJ events that are coeval with interruptions of North Atlantic overturning circulation (Bond events). Effects of the non-linear interactions culminate between 4.6-3 ka BP, marking a climatic transition period during which the ISM shifted southwards and the influence of SWTJ became prominent. The lithogenic input shows an up to 4-fold increase after this time period signaling the strengthened influence of agricultural activities of the Indus civilization with enhanced erosion of soils amplifying the impact of Bond events and adding to the marine sedimentation rates adjacent to the continent.

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Creator Burdanowitz, Nicole ORCID logo; Rixen, Tim (ORCID: 0000-0001-8376-891X); Gaye, Birgit (ORCID: 0000-0002-5057-899X); Emeis, Kay-Christian (ORCID: 0000-0003-0459-913X)
Publisher PANGAEA
Publication Year 2020
Funding Reference Federal Ministry of Education and Research Crossref Funder ID 03G0864A Verbundprojekt: WTZ Zentralasien CAME II: CAHOL
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International;
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Resource Type Bundled Publication of Datasets; Collection
Format application/zip
Size 4 datasets
Discipline Earth System Research
Spatial Coverage (65.982 LON, 24.610 LAT); Arabian Sea