Multiple sources of Greenland dust throughout the Holocene


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It is contested that the mineral dust found in Greenlandic ice cores during the Holocene stems from multiple source areas. Particles entrained above a more productive, primary source dominate the signal’s multi-seasonal average. Data in sub-annual resolution, however, reveal at least one further source. Whereas distinct inputs from the primary source are visible in elevated concentration levels, various inputs of the secondary source(s) are reflected by multiple maxima in the coarse particle percentage. As long as the dust sources’ respective seasonal cycles are preserved, primary and secondary source can be distinguished. Since the two source’s ejecta eventually detected differ in size, which can be attributed to a change in atmospheric residence times, it is suggested that the secondary source is located in closer proximity to the drilling site than the primary one.



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DOI 10.14644/dust.2014.006

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Kettner, E. , Wegner, A. , Erhardt, T. , Schüpbach, S. and Svensson, A. (2014): Multiple sources of Greenland dust throughout the Holocene / S. Fiore (editor) , In: DUST 2014 : 1st International Conference on Atmospheric Dust, Conference Proceedings, 15 December 2014., (ProScience ; 1), Digilabs S.a.s., 423 p., ISBN: ISSN: 2283-5954 . doi: 10.14644/dust.2014.006


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