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Gifford H. Miller, Áslaug Geirsdóttir, Yafang Zhong, Darren J. Larsen, Bette L. Otto-Bliesner, Marika M. Holland, David A. Bailey, Kurt A. Refsnider, Scott J. Lehman, John R. Southon, Chance Anderson, Helgi Björnsson and Thorvaldur Thordarson Abrupt onset of the Little Ice Age triggered by volcanism and sustained by sea-ice/ocean feedbacks Geophysical Research Letters 39

Version of Record online: 31 JAN 2012 | DOI: 10.1029/2011GL050168

Key Points

  • Little Ice Age began abruptly in two steps
  • Decadally paced explosive volcanism can explain the onset
  • A sea-ice/ocean feedback can sustain the abrupt cooling

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