Articles | Volume 12, issue 1
Clim. Past, 12, 75–90, 2016
Clim. Past, 12, 75–90, 2016
Research article
18 Jan 2016
Research article | 18 Jan 2016

Hydroclimatic variability in the Levant during the early last glacial (∼  117–75 ka) derived from micro-facies analyses of deep Dead Sea sediments

I. Neugebauer et al.

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Micro-facies changes and elemental variations in deep Dead Sea sediments are used to reconstruct relative lake level changes for the early last glacial period. The results indicate a close link of hydroclimatic variability in the Levant to North Atlantic-Mediterranean climates during the time of the build-up of Northern Hemisphere ice shields. First petrographic analyses of gravels in the deep core question the recent hypothesis of a Dead Sea dry-down at the end of the last interglacial.