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      The Holocene Asian monsoon: links to solar changes and North Atlantic climate.

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          A 5-year-resolution absolute-dated oxygen isotope record from Dongge Cave, southern China, provides a continuous history of the Asian monsoon over the past 9000 years. Although the record broadly follows summer insolation, it is punctuated by eight weak monsoon events lasting approximately 1 to 5 centuries. One correlates with the "8200-year" event, another with the collapse of the Chinese Neolithic culture, and most with North Atlantic ice-rafting events. Cross-correlation of the decadal- to centennial-scale monsoon record with the atmospheric carbon-14 record shows that some, but not all, of the monsoon variability at these frequencies results from changes in solar output.

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          Journal
          Science
          Science (New York, N.Y.)
          American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
          1095-9203
          0036-8075
          May 06 2005
          : 308
          : 5723
          Affiliations
          [1 ] College of Geography Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210097, China.
          Article
          308/5723/854
          10.1126/science.1106296
          15879216
          6de4c0a4-0e75-45f3-a2ab-1a5c4883eaa4
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