Climate-Driven Ecosystem Succession in the Sahara: The Past 6000 Years

  title={Climate-Driven Ecosystem Succession in the Sahara: The Past 6000 Years},
  author={S. Kroepelin and D. Verschuren and A-M L{\'e}zine and H. Eggermont and C. Cocquyt and P. Francus and J-P. Cazet and M. Fagot and B. Rumes and J. Russell and F. Darius and D. Conley and M. Schuster and H. von Suchodoletz and D. Engstrom},
  pages={765 - 768}
  • S. Kroepelin, D. Verschuren, +12 authors D. Engstrom
  • Published 2008
  • Medicine
  • Science
  • Desiccation of the Sahara since the middle Holocene has eradicated all but a few natural archives recording its transition from a “green Sahara” to the present hyperarid desert. Our continuous 6000-year paleoenvironmental reconstruction from northern Chad shows progressive drying of the regional terrestrial ecosystem in response to weakening insolation forcing of the African monsoon and abrupt hydrological change in the local aquatic ecosystem controlled by site-specific thresholds. Strong… CONTINUE READING
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