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Research article
19 Sep 2017
Research article |  | 19 Sep 2017

Eurasian contribution to the last glacial dust cycle: how are loess sequences built?

Denis-Didier Rousseau, Anders Svensson, Matthias Bigler, Adriana Sima, Jorgen Peder Steffensen, and Niklas Boers

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Cited articles

Antoine, P., Rousseau, D. D., Zöller, L., Lang, A., Munaut, A. V., Hatté, C., and Fontugne, M.: High-resolution record of the last interglacial-glacial cycle in the loess palaeosol sequences of Nussloch (Rhine Valley-Germany), Quaternary Int., 76/77, 211–229,, 2001.
Antoine, P., Rousseau, D.D., Moine, O., Kunesch, S., Hatte, C., Lang, A., Tissoux, H., and Zöller, L.: Rapid and cyclic aeolian deposition during the Last Glacial in European loess: a high-resolution record from Nussloch, Germany, Quaternary Sci. Rev. 28, 2955–2973,, 2009.
Antoine, P., Coutard, S., Guerin, G., Deschodt, L., Goval, E., Locht, J. L., and Paris, C.: Upper Pleistocene loess-palaeosol records from Northern France in the European context: Environmental background and dating of the Middle Palaeolithic, Quaternary Int., 411, 4–24,, 2016.
Biscaye, P. E., Grousset, F. E., Revel, M., Van der Gaast, S., Zielinski, G. A., Vaars, A., and Kukla, G.: Asian provenance of glacial dust (Stage 2) in the GISP2 ice core, summit, Greenland, J. Geophys. Res., 102, 26765–26781,, 1997.
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We show that the analysis of δ18O and dust in the Greenland ice cores, and a critical study of their source variations, reconciles these records with those observed on the Eurasian continent. We demonstrate the link between European and Chinese loess sequences, dust records in Greenland, and variations in the North Atlantic sea ice extent. The sources of the emitted and transported dust material are variable and relate to different environments.