Articles | Volume 20, issue 3
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-20-523-2024
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-20-523-2024
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14 Mar 2024
Research article |  | 14 Mar 2024

Evolution of winter precipitation in the Nile river watershed since the last glacial

Vera Dorothee Meyer, Jürgen Pätzold, Gesine Mollenhauer, Isla S. Castañeda, Stefan Schouten, and Enno Schefuß

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The climatic factors sustaining vegetation in the Sahara during the African humid period (AHP) are still not fully understood. Using biomarkers in a marine sediment core from the eastern Mediterranean, we infer variations in Mediterranean (winter) and monsoonal (summer) rainfall in the Nile river watershed around the AHP. We find that winter and summer rain enhanced during the AHP, suggesting that Mediterranean moisture supported the monsoon in sustaining the “green Sahara”.