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Paleohydrological history of Lake Allos (2200 m a.s.l) since 13 500 cal a bp in the Mediterranean Alps inferred from an ostracod δ 18 O record

Abstract : This paper presents the first Lateglacial/Holocene (the last 13 500 cal a BP) ostracod δ18O record to infer hydroclimate variability in the Southern French Alps. Cytherissa lacustris (δ18Osp) shells extracted from the sediments of Lake Allos allowed a reconstruction of δ18Olake water (δ18Olw) except for the interval 5800–2800 cal a BP. The shape of the Younger Dryas (YD) clearly differed from records documented in the northern Alps. First, δ18Olw values remained close to modern values before a marked drop ca. 12 000 cal a BP. Then, after several oscillations, δ18Olw values increased, reaching the highest value of the record ca. 6100 cal a BP during a thermal optimum for this latitude. Finally, low δ18Olw values occurred from 450 to 100 cal a BP during the Little Ice Age (LIA) following the Medieval Climate anomaly. At the beginning of the YD, δ18Olw probably reflected changes in local glacier dynamics and precipitation sources. The following decrease in δ18Olw values was associated with higher freshwater inputs during the second half of the YD. During the LIA, the low δ18O values are consistent with a higher torrential activity and lower air temperatures
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Rosine Cartier, Laurence Vidal, Florence Sylvestre, Corinne Sonzogni, Frédéric Guiter, et al.. Paleohydrological history of Lake Allos (2200 m a.s.l) since 13 500 cal a bp in the Mediterranean Alps inferred from an ostracod δ 18 O record. Journal of Quaternary Science, Wiley, 2022, pp.1-12. ⟨10.1002/jqs.3425⟩. ⟨hal-03640520⟩

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