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https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-18-2483-2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-18-2483-2022
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15 Nov 2022
Research article |  | 15 Nov 2022

Leeuwin Current dynamics over the last 60 kyr – relation to Australian ecosystem and Southern Ocean change

Dirk Nürnberg, Akintunde Kayode, Karl J. F. Meier, and Cyrus Karas

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The Leeuwin Current to the west of Australia steers the heat exchange between the tropical and the subantarctic ocean areas. Its prominent variability during the last glacial effectively shaped the Australian ecosystem and was closely related to the dynamics of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current. At ~ 43 ka BP, the rapidly weakening Leeuwin Current, the ecological response in Australia, and human interference likely caused the extinction of the exotic Australian megafauna.