The 4.2 ka event in the Euro-Mediterranean region -A study from the MISTRALS/PALEOMEX program

Abstract : High-resolution records documenting the 4.2 ka event (from 4200 to 3900 cal yr BP) are scarce. Archaeological and paleoenvironmental data from continental archives suggest that this event is coincident with a megadrought in the eastern Mediterranean basin. Here, we present an unprecedented high-resolution alkenone-based sea surface temperature (SST) record from the northwestern Mediterranean Sea showing a stepwise cooling of ca. 2°C between 4400 and 3800 yr BP, which shares similarities with speleothem records from central Europe and the Mediterranean region. Our data suggest a reorganization of the North Atlantic atmospheric circulation during this event.
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Bassem Jalali, Marie-Alexandrine Sicre. The 4.2 ka event in the Euro-Mediterranean region -A study from the MISTRALS/PALEOMEX program. Patterns and Mechanisms of Climate, Paleoclimate and Paleoenvironmental Changes from Low-Latitude Regions. Proceedings of the 1st Springer Conference of the Arabian Journal of Geosciences (CAJG-1), Tunisia 2018, pp 13-15, 2019, 978-3-030-01599-2. ⟨hal-02194774⟩

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