Articles | Volume 12, issue 7
Clim. Past, 12, 1445–1458, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-12-1445-2016
Clim. Past, 12, 1445–1458, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-12-1445-2016

Research article 05 Jul 2016

Research article | 05 Jul 2016

Paleoclimate in continental northwestern Europe during the Eemian and early Weichselian (125–97 ka): insights from a Belgian speleothem

Stef Vansteenberge et al.

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The use of stalagmites for last interglacial continental climate reconstructions in Europe has been successful in the past; however to expand the geographical coverage, additional data from Belgium is presented. It has been shown that stalagmite growth, morphology and stable isotope content reflect regional and local climate conditions, with Eemian optimum climate occurring between 125.3 and 117.3 ka. The start the Weichselian is expressed by a stop of growth caused by a drying climate.