Articles | Volume 17, issue 2
Clim. Past, 17, 775–789, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-17-775-2021
Clim. Past, 17, 775–789, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-17-775-2021

Research article 06 Apr 2021

Research article | 06 Apr 2021

Cryogenic cave carbonates in the Dolomites (northern Italy): insights into Younger Dryas cooling and seasonal precipitation

Gabriella Koltai et al.

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This paper utilises a novel palaeoclimate archive from caves, cryogenic cave carbonates, which allow for precisely constraining permafrost thawing events in the past. Our study provides new insights into the climate of the Younger Dryas (12 800 to 11 700 years BP) in mid-Europe from the perspective of a high-elevation cave sensitive to permafrost development. We quantify seasonal temperature and precipitation changes by using a heat conduction model.