Articles | Volume 12, issue 4
Clim. Past, 12, 1043–1060, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-12-1043-2016
Clim. Past, 12, 1043–1060, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-12-1043-2016

Research article 21 Apr 2016

Research article | 21 Apr 2016

Climate variability and long-term expansion of peatlands in Arctic Norway during the late Pliocene (ODP Site 642, Norwegian Sea)

Sina Panitz et al.

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This paper presents the first late Pliocene high-resolution pollen record for the Norwegian Arctic, covering the time period 3.60 to 3.14 million years ago (Ma). The climate of the late Pliocene has been widely regarded as relatively stable. Our results suggest a high climate variability with alternating cool temperate forests during warmer-than-presen periods and boreal forests similar to today during cooler intervals. A spread of peatlands at the expense of forest indicates long-term cooling.