A record of Pleistocene climate from a stalactite, Nerja Cave, southern Spain
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Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
A study of stable isotopes (δ18O, δ13C) of a uranium-series dated aragonitic stalactite from Nerja Cave (Málaga, southern Spain) was carried out in order to determine the conditions of deposition in isotopic equilibrium and non-equilibrium. We obtained a record of climate change from 190 000 to 160 000 years ago. A series of carbon (δ13C) and oxygen (δ18O) isotopes analyses have been carried out in parallel to the stalactite growth axis. Sampling was done in each growth layer. A curve of the secular δ18O aragonite variations for the stalactite suggests cooler climate conditions in southern Spain for the period studied compared to the present.
Palaeoclimate, Pleistocene, South spain, Speleothem, Stable isotopes
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Jiménez de Cisneros, C.; Caballero, E; Vera, J. A.; and Durán, J. J., "A record of Pleistocene climate from a stalactite, Nerja Cave, southern Spain" (2003). KIP Articles. 6661.