Earth's Climate and Orbital Eccentricity: The Marine Isotope Stage 11 Question

Earth's Climate and Orbital Eccentricity: The Marine Isotope Stage 11 Question

Editor(s): André W. Droxler, Richard Z. Poore, Lloyd H. Burckle

Published Online: 18 MAR 2013

Print ISBN: 9780875909967

Online ISBN: 9781118668498

DOI: 10.1029/GM137

About this Book

Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Geophysical Monograph Series, Volume 137.

Weather bureaus around the world have accumulated daily historical records of atmospheric conditions for more than a century to help forecast meteorological conditions three to five days ahead. To gain insight into the impact of possible future climate warming and constrain predictive models for a warm future, climatologists are seeking paleoclimatologic and paleoceanographic records from the most recent intervals in the Quaternary when conditions were demonstrably warmer than they are today.

In the past 2.5 My, Earth climate has oscillated from cold (glacial) to warm (interglacial) intervals. We currently live in a warm interval, the Holocene, during which the climate has remained relatively constant for about 10 ky. Because the Holocene is nearly as long now as the previous interglacial, scientists have projected the possibly imminent onset of another ice age, excluding human intervention. Whether or not this will occur is a question of some significance, and has sparked debate. Finding an analogue to our current status in other recent interglacials offers substantive aid in clarifying the question just mentioned, and others, concerning global climate change over varying geologic time periods.

Table of contents

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  1. Part 1: Uniqueness or Inter-Changeable Ice Ages?

    1. Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 11 in the Vostok ice core: CO2 Forcing and Stability of East Antarctica (pages 27–40)

      D. Raynaud, M. F. Loutre, C. Ritz, J. Chappellaz, J-M. Barnola, J. Jouzel, V. Y. Lipenkov, J-R. Petit and F. Vimeux

  2. Part 2: Unexceptionally Warm Ocean Temperatures at High-And Mid-Latitude

    1. The Mid-Brunhes Transition in Odp Sites 1089 and 1090 (Subantarctic South Atlantic) (pages 113–129)

      David A. Hodell, Sharon L. Kanfoush, Kathryn A. Venz, Christopher D. Charles and Francisco J. Sierro

  3. Part 3: Carbonate Bloom at Low Latitudes and Carbonate Bust in the Deep Sea

  4. Part 4: Continental Climate Records: Longer and Wetter, Not Necessarily Warmer

    1. High-Resolution Mis 11 Record from the Continental Sedimentary Archive of Lake Baikal (pages 223–230)

      Eugene Karabanov, Alexander Prokopenko, Douglas Williams, Galina Khursevich, Mikhail Kuzmin, Elena Bezrukova and Alexander Gvozdkov