The effects of North Atlantic climate changes on the Carpathian Basin during the last ice age

Radiocarbon dating of small gastropods in loess soil from Hungary indicates that sudden changes in late Quaternary North Atlantic temperature and glacial dust activity in East Central Europe and Greenland were mostly synchronous. The findings were published in the official journal of the National Academy of Sciences, PNAS.


11 December, 2017


Atmospheric dust is a major component of climate change. However, the relationship between glacial continental dust activity and abrupt centennial–millennial-scale climate changes of the North Atlantic is poorly known. Recent advances in high-precision radiocarbon dating of small gastropods in continental loess deposits provide an opportunity to gain unprecedented insights into dust variations and its major drivers at centennial–millennial scales from a near-source dust archive.

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