New ice core evidence for a volcanic cause of the A.D. 536 dust veil
Article first published online: 29 FEB 2008
Copyright 2008 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 35, Issue 4, February 2008
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2008), New ice core evidence for a volcanic cause of the A.D. 536 dust veil, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L04708, doi:10.1029/2007GL032450., et al. (
- Issue published online: 29 FEB 2008
- Article first published online: 29 FEB 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 DEC 2007
- Manuscript Revised: 11 DEC 2007
- Manuscript Received: 25 OCT 2007
- A.D. 536 cooling;
 New and well-dated evidence of sulphate deposits in Greenland and Antarctic ice cores indicate a substantial and extensive atmospheric acidic dust veil at A.D. 533–534 ± 2 years. This was likely produced by a large explosive, near equatorial volcanic eruption, causing widespread dimming and contributing to the abrupt cooling across much of the Northern Hemisphere known from historical records and tree-ring data to have occurred in A.D. 536. Tree-ring data suggest that this was the most severe and protracted short-term cold episode across the Northern Hemisphere in the last two millennia, even surpassing the severity of the cold period following the Tambora eruption in 1815.