The biome reconstruction approach as a tool for interpretation of past vegetation and climate changes: application to modern and fossil pollen data from Lake El'gygytgyn, Far East Russian Arctic

P. E. Tarasov, A. A. Andreev, P. M. Anderson, A. V. Lozhkin, E. Haltia, N. R. Nowaczyk, V. Wennrich, J. Brigham-Grette, M. Melles
<span title="2013-06-25">2013</span> <i title="Copernicus GmbH"> <a target="_blank" rel="noopener" href="" style="color: black;">Climate of the Past Discussions</a> </i> &nbsp;
The modern and fossil pollen data obtained under the framework of the multidisciplinary international "El'gygytgyn Drilling Project" represent a unique archive that allows the testing of a range of pollen-based reconstruction approaches and the deciphering of changes in the regional vegetation and climate since ∼ 3.58 Ma. In the 5 current study we provide details of the biome reconstruction method applied to the late Pliocene and Quaternary pollen records from Lake El'gygytgyn. All terrestrial
more &raquo; ... ollen taxa identified in the spectra from Lake El'gygytgyn were assigned to major vegetation types (biomes), which today occur near the lake and in the broader region of eastern and northern Asia and, thus, could potentially have been present in this region dur-10 ing the past. When applied to the modern surface pollen spectra from the lake, the method shows a dominance of the tundra biome that currently characterizes the Lake El'gygytgyn area. When applied to the pollen spectra from the middle Pleistocene to present, the method suggests (1) a predominance of tundra during the Holocene, (2) a short interval during the marine isotope stage (MIS) 5.5 interglacial distinguished by 15 cold deciduous forest, and (3) a long phase of taiga dominance during MIS 31 and, particularly, MIS 11.3. These two latter interglacials seem to be some of the longest and warmest intervals within the past million years. During the late Pliocene-early Pleistocene interval (i.e., ∼ 3.562-2.200 Ma), there is good correspondence between the millennial-scale vegetation changes documented 20 in the Lake El'gygytgyn record and the alternation of cold and warm marine isotope stages, which reflect changes in the global ice volume and sea level. The biome reconstruction demonstrates changes in the regional vegetation which suggest a step-like transition from generally warmer/wetter environments of the earlier (i.e., Pliocene) interval towards colder/drier environments of the Pleistocene. The reconstruction of most 25 of the species-rich cool mixed and cool conifer forest biomes is particularly noticeable prior to MIS G16, whereas tundra becomes a prominent feature after MIS G6. These results consistently indicate that the study region supported significant tree populations 3451 CPD 9
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