Caballero-Gill, Rocio P.; Clemens, Steve C.; Prell, Warren L. (2012): Direct correlation of Chinese speleothem delta (super 18) O and South China Sea planktonic delta (super 18) O; transferring a speleothem chronology to the benthic marine chronology. American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC, United States, Paleoceanography, 27 (2), georefid:2013-005630

Orbital tuning of benthic delta (super 18) O is a common approach for assigning ages to ocean sediment records. Similar environmental forcing of the northern South China Sea and the southeast Asian cave regions allows for transfer of the speleothem delta (super 18) O radiometric chronology to the planktonic and benthic delta (super 18) O records from Ocean Drilling Program Site 1146, yielding a new chronology with 41 radiometrically calibrated datums, spanning the past 350 kyr. This approach also provides for an independent assessment of the accuracy of the orbitally tuned benthic delta (super 18) O chronology for the last 350 kyr. The largest differences relative to the latest chronology occur in marine isotope stages (MIS) 5.4, 5.5, 6, 7, and 9.3. Prominent suborbital-scale structure believed to be global in nature is identified within MIS 5.4 and MIS 7.2. On the basis of the radiometrically calibrated chronology, the time constant of the ice sheet is found to be 5.4 kyr at the precession band (light delta (super 18) O lags precession minima by -55.4 degrees ) and 10.4 kyr at the obliquity band (light delta (super 18) O lags obliquity maxima by 57.4 degrees ). These values are significantly shorter than the single 17 kyr time constant originally estimated by Imbrie et al. (1984), based primarily on the timing of terminations I and II and the 15 kyr time constant used by Lisiecki and Raymo (2005).
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