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  • 1
    Language: English
    In: Journal of biogeography, 2007-12, Vol.34 (12), p.2115-2128
    Description: Aim To generate maps of potential refugia for summer-green trees during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM). Locations Southern Europe and south-western Asia. Methods Time-slice simulations of the atmospheric climate with the ECHAM3 model are used for the LGM. Limiting factors beyond which cool and warm groups of deciduous trees cannot grow (such as temperature in growing degree days, minimum monthly temperature and precipitation in summer) are chosen. A limited validation by fossil pollen and charcoal records from LGM sites was done. Results Two sets of maps extending from Europe to the Caspian region for cool and warm summer-green trees are presented. Three criteria are combined using contour lines to indicate confidence levels. Small areas within the three southern peninsulas of Europe (Spain, Italy and Greece) are highlighted as possible refugia for summer-green trees. Further, areas that have remained poorly known are now proposed as refugia, including the Sakarya-Kerempe region in northern Turkey, the east coast of the Black Sea and the area south of the Caspian Sea. Main conclusions The maps produced in this study could be used to facilitate better long-term management for the protection of European and south-western Asian biodiversity.
    Subject(s): Animal and plant ecology ; Animal, plant and microbial ecology ; Biodiversity ; Biological and medical sciences ; Climate models ; climatic model ; Deciduous trees ; Europe ; Fundamental and applied biological sciences. Psychology ; General aspects ; glacial refugia ; LGM climate ; Paleoclimatology ; palynology ; Pollen ; Precipitation ; Refuge habitats ; Refugia Revealed ; Seas ; Simulations ; summer-green trees ; Synecology ; Tree growth ; Trees
    ISSN: 0305-0270
    E-ISSN: 1365-2699
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  • 2
    Language: English
    In: The Journal of eukaryotic microbiology, 2017-11, Vol.64 (6), p.829-842
    Description: We investigate the cyst‐theca relationship of Impagidinium caspienense. Through an incubation experiment, we succeeded in examining the motile stage. Additional molecular analysis of single‐cyst PCR (LSU and SSU rDNA) reveal that the cyst is related to the species Gonyaulax baltica Ellegaard et al. (). The ability of this species to belong to two types of cyst‐based genera (spiniferate and impagidinioid) suggests that environmental (particularly salinity) and not genetic factors explain the formation of both morphotypes by G. baltica, which provides evidence for heterospory in this species. The affiliation to G. baltica demonstrates that I. caspienense is not endemic to the Caspian Sea. The phylogenetic position of several other gonyaulacoid species is also documented: Impagidinium pallidum, Ataxiodinium choane, Pyxidinopsis psilata, Spiniferites belerius, and Spiniferites ramosus. The LSU and SSU rDNA based phylogenies suggest that the genera Impagidinium and Spiniferites are not monophyletic, and that P. psilata and A. choane are close to Gonyaulax verior and Gonyaulax polygramma, respectively. In addition, this study accentuates the importance of cyst morphology in the classification of the Gonyaulacales.
    Subject(s): Analysis ; Ataxiodinium choane ; Baltic Sea ; Cluster Analysis ; Dinoflagellida - classification ; Dinoflagellida - genetics ; Dinoflagellida - isolation & purification ; Dinoflagellida - physiology ; DNA, Protozoan - chemistry ; DNA, Protozoan - genetics ; DNA, Ribosomal - chemistry ; DNA, Ribosomal - genetics ; Geologic Sediments - parasitology ; Impagidinium pallidum ; Locomotion ; Microscopy ; Oceans and Seas ; Phylogeny ; Polymerase Chain Reaction ; Pyxidinopsis psilata ; RNA, Ribosomal - genetics ; RNA, Ribosomal, 18S - genetics ; Salinity ; Sediments (Geology) ; Sequence Analysis, DNA ; Spiniferites belerius ; Spiniferites ramosus
    ISSN: 1066-5234
    E-ISSN: 1550-7408
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  • 3
    Language: English
    In: Holocene (Sevenoaks), 2016-02, Vol.26 (2), p.205-221
    Description: The sediment of Lake Çubuk in NW Anatolia, which is situated very close to the climate boundary between the dry Central Anatolia and the wet Marmara region, is regarded as a suitable climate archive to test inward and outward movements of this boundary in accordance with past climate variations. Herein, we study the stratigraphic record of the last 2800 years of this landslide-dammed lake at 1030 m elevation, using multi-proxy tools (sedimentology, major and trace element geochemistry, stable isotopes, pollen, diatoms and ostracods) and compare the results with other contemporaneous Anatolian climatic records. Our findings indicate that Lake Çubuk recorded seven distinct climatic periods in the last 2800 years that have been previously revealed elsewhere in Anatolia. The most arid period occurred at the end of the Near-East Aridification Phase at approximately 200 BC when the δ18O shifted to very negative values, and the planktonic diatom ratio considerably decreased. The Dark Ages and the late Byzantine periods between AD 670 and 1070 are characterized by more positive δ18O values, increasingly higher lake levels and the most extensive arboreal cover of the entire record. The ‘Little Ice Age’ appeared suddenly, within 40 years, at AD 1350 and is reflected in all of the proxies, including a positive shift in δ18O, a sharp decrease in pollen of shrub and herb to the benefit of pine trees and a rapid increase in benthic diatom abundance indicating a lake level shallowing. In many parts of the record, a close match between the stable isotopes and the pollen assemblage zones in the last 2800 years demonstrates that climate rather than human activity was the primary driver of vegetation cover in this mid-altitude mountain of NW Anatolia.
    ISSN: 0959-6836
    E-ISSN: 1477-0911
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  • 4
    Language: English
    In: Holocene (Sevenoaks), 2021-03, Vol.31 (3), p.380-391
    Description: Central Asia, with its high mountains, despite its location between Europe and eastern Asia remains a data poor area. However, mountain glaciers are strongly affected by global change and have a wide-ranging impact. A new pollen record over the last 5600 years shows the extension of a dry Artemisia steppe around Lake Issyk-Kul, with a slightly wetter period from 4.5 to 2.7 ka BP (less Ephedra). Picea schrenkiana forest growing on north-facing slopes of the northern Tien Shan Range, are exposed to Westerlies-related precipitation. The pollen record of Picea is therefore a very good marker of wetter and cold conditions. A comparison to a nearby synchronous pollen record at a higher altitude indicates that the whole forest belt moved down, and that it was not a downwards extension of the lower forest limit only. Four cold and humid phases were evidenced over the last 5.6 ka: 5.5 ka, 4.2 ka and following centuries, 3.2 ka and following centuries (before the end of the Bronze Age) and finally the Little Ice Age, with the latter two being more strongly expressed. These climatic changes, in agreement with other Arid Central Asia investigations, corroborate the driving role of the Westerlies far inland. Human activities were more intense in the Mid and Late Bronze Age (4.5–3.2 ka) and in the last 800 years, confirmed by archaeological and historical information. Issyk-Kul and surrounding rich pastureland were most likely an important step in the ancient Silk Road.
    ISSN: 0959-6836
    E-ISSN: 1477-0911
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  • 5
    Language: English
    In: Geological journal (Chichester, England), 2018-11, Vol.53 (6), p.2427-2436
    Description: Clay minerals are useful tools for reconstructing palaeoclimatic history. The clay mineral composition and total organic carbon (TOC) of the Pliocene Productive Series from the western South Caspian Basin was used to reconstruct palaeoclimate on the adjacent land, which still remains a data‐poor area. Variations of the smectite and illite contents in the Lower Division of the Productive Series suggest that two different climatic conditions alternated on the Russian Platform. High amount of illite combined with low amount of smectite and low amount of TOC indicate arid climatic condition. In contrast, high amount of smectite and TOC with low amount of illite suggest humid climatic condition on the Russian Platform. The Upper Division of the Productive Series in the Absheron Peninsula is characterized by high amount of illite, which indicates arid climatic conditions. Similarly, variable smectite and illite contents in the Upper Division of the Productive Series in the South Absheron Offshore Zone imply a climate alternating between aridity and humidity in the Greater Caucasus. This investigation contributes to the knowledge of the Pliocene at the boundary between Europe and Asia, in a continental setting and at a key period of climatic changes, such as the mid‐Pliocene warm period and the beginning of the Northern Hemisphere glacial–interglacial cycles.
    Subject(s): Caspian Sea ; Clay minerals ; Environmental Sciences ; palaeoclimate ; Pliocene Productive Series ; TOC
    ISSN: 0072-1050
    E-ISSN: 1099-1034
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  • 6
    Language: English
    In: International journal of earth sciences : Geologische Rundschau, 2021-03-09, Vol.110 (3), p.1077-1107
    Description: Central-west Turkey is a transition zone both tectonically and climatically between the quite different central and western regions of Anatolia. Central Anatolia represents the seismically quiet part of the otherwise highly active Turkey. On the other hand, this region has some of the lowest precipitation and highest evaporation ratios of Turkey. Conversely, west Anatolia is one of the most rapidly extending regions of the world and seismically very active. The climate is very different from the central part of Turkey and more humid. The zone between these two regions is also known geologically as the Isparta Angle. This reverse-V-shaped fold and thrust belt has several lake basins today, which have archived the geological and geomorphological history of this tectonic and climatic transition zone. The Beyşehir-Suğla basin is located on the eastern part of this zone. This NW–SE trending basin includes the largest natural freshwater lake of the Mediterranean region: Lake Beyşehir. Lakes Beyşehir and Suğla are located in this tectonic depression that discharge into an incised river gorge opening to the Konya closed basin. In order to shed light on the development of the Beyşehir-Suğla basin, our study was mainly conducted within the Neogene and Quaternary units of the region. Our structural results indicate that the depression was probably formed by a transtensional regime in the middle Miocene, which is controlled by extensional tectonics since the early Quaternary. Also, the current depression has mainly embodied the structures that are the products of these tectonic phases. According to our sedimentary data and palaeoecological interpretation of available palaeontological data, the Beyşehir-Suğla basin was developed initially under a humid and warm climate in the middle Miocene; then since the late Miocene-Pliocene it was controlled by a relatively more arid and, at times, humid climate more like the central Anatolian basins. Although the Beyşehir-Suğla basin is hydrologically connected to the Konya closed basin in central Anatolia, it was protected from arid climatic conditions for over millions of years as evidenced by the lack of evaporites in the studied basin and surrounding basins located in the interior part of the Isparta Angle. While the regional climate seems to have changed consistently with the geomorphic response to large-scale tectonics (i.e. orographic barrier development), the Beyşehir-Suğla basin seems to be protected from hydrological closure by the existence of karstic features in the surrounding carbonate basement rocks.
    Subject(s): Earth and Environmental Science ; Earth Sciences ; Geochemistry ; Geology ; Geophysics/Geodesy ; Mineral Resources ; Original Paper ; Sedimentology ; Structural Geology
    ISSN: 1437-3254
    E-ISSN: 1437-3262
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  • 7
    Language: English
    In: Theoretical and applied climatology, 2018-05-10, Vol.136 (1-2), p.475-488
    Description: With a fall of the Caspian Sea level (CSL), its size gets smaller and therefore the total evaporation over the sea is reduced. With a reduced evaporation from the sea, the fall of the CSL is weakened. This creates a negative feedback as less evaporation leads to less water losses of the Caspian Sea (CS). On the other hand, less evaporation reduces the water in the atmosphere, which may lead to less precipitation in the catchment area of the CS. The two opposite feedbacks are estimated by using an atmospheric climate model coupled with an ocean model only for the CS with different CS sizes while keeping all other forcings like oceanic sea surface temperatures (SSTs) and leaf area index the same from a global climate simulation. The investigation is concentrated on the medieval period because at that time the CSL changed dramatically from about − 30 to − 19 m below the mean ocean sea level, partly man-made. Models used for simulating the last millennium are not able to change the size of the CS dynamically so far. When results from such simulations are used to investigate the CSL variability and its causes, the present study should help to parameterize its feedbacks. A first assumption that the total evaporation from the CS will vary with the size of the CS (number of grid points representing the sea) is generally confirmed with the model simulations. The decrease of grid points from 15 to 14, 10, 8 or 7 leads to a decrease of evaporation to 96, 77, 70 and 54%. The lower decrease than initially expected from the number of grid points (93, 67, 53 and 47%) is probably due to the fact that there would also be some evaporation at grid points that run dry with a lower CSL but a cooling of the CS SST with increasing CS size in summer may be more important. The reduction of evaporation over the CS means more water for the budget of the whole catchment of the CS (an increase of the CSL) but from the gain through reduced evaporation over the CS, only 70% is found to remain in the water budget of the whole catchment area due to feedbacks with the precipitation. This suggests a high proportion of recycling of water within the CS catchment area. When using a model which does not have a correct CS size, the effect of a reduced CS area on the water budget for the whole CS catchment can be estimated by taking the evaporation over the sea multiplied by the proportional changed area. However, only 50% of that change is ending up in the water balance of the total catchment of the CS. A formula is provided. This method has been applied to estimate the CSL during the Last Glacial Maximum to be at − 30 to − 33 m. The experiments show as well that the CS has an impact on the large-scale atmospheric circulation with a widened Aleutian 500 hPa height field trough with increasing CS sizes. It is possible to validate this aspect with observational data.
    Subject(s): Analysis ; Aquatic Pollution ; Atmospheric circulation ; Atmospheric Protection/Air Quality Control/Air Pollution ; Atmospheric Sciences ; Climate ; Climatology ; Earth and Environmental Science ; Earth Sciences ; Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences ; Models ; Original Paper ; Physical Sciences ; Precipitation (Meteorology) ; Science & Technology ; Sciences of the Universe ; Waste Water Technology ; Water balance (Hydrology) ; Water Management ; Water Pollution Control
    ISSN: 0177-798X
    E-ISSN: 1434-4483
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  • 8
    Language: English
    In: Palaeobiodiversity and palaeoenvironments, 2018-04-20, Vol.98 (4), p.653-662
    Description: The early Pleistocene site at Bòvila Ordis (Banyoles-Besalú Basin in NE Iberia) delivered in the past a significant pollen succession which can be assigned to the upper Matuyama geomagnetic chron owing to the identification of the Cobb Mountain magnetic subchron (1.2 Ma ago). It has been previously shown by palynology that the succession of lakes recorded at Bòvila Ordis corresponds to a succession of late early Pleistocene glacial–interglacial phases, between 1.2 and 1 Ma, which can be correlated with MIS 35, 33 and 31. The present investigation focuses on lake 1 (borehole BOIV) and lake 3 (boreholes BOI, BOII and BOIII and outcrops) from this site, where both fossil pollen and rodent teeth were recovered together in the same sediment, and offers the potential to provide a vegetation and climatic context to sites that are dated by rodent teeth, such as some hominin sites in Western Europe. Here we analyse the rodent content and their biostratigraphical implications in the context of early hominin dispersal in Western Europe. In lake 1, pollen data had revealed in previous analysis a complete glacial–interglacial cycle and parts of a second one. The uppermost part of BOIV sequence yielded rodent remains that can be assigned to the arvicolid species Allophaiomys chalinei and Mimomys cf. savini . Previous palynological investigations from lake 3 had revealed a temperate deciduous forest, indicative of warm and humid conditions. At the top of the section of lake 3, a regression of the forest and the spread of open landscape elements indicated drier, more steppic conditions. The palaeobiological record of lake 3 includes pollen and large ( Cervus philisi , Hippopotamus antiquu s and Equus stenonis ) and small mammal remains ( Mimomys savini and Allophaiomys lavocati ) . The rodent material from lake 1 clearly indicates an early Pleistocene age somewhat older than that of lake 3. According to these new biostratigraphic data in the context of previous palynological and chronological data, it is clear that Allophaiomys chalinei entered Iberia before 1 Ma ago and A. lavocati remained until 1 Ma ago. The fact that Allophaiomys lavocati and Allophaiomys chalinei , two arvicolids currently associated with the earliest evidence of hominin presence in Western Europe, appear in Bòvila Ordis at a time of mild, temperate conditions reinforce the idea that the first hominin dispersal in this region was strongly dependent on favourable climatic conditions.
    Subject(s): Animal Systematics/Taxonomy/Biogeography ; Biodiversity ; Earth and Environmental Science ; Earth Sciences ; Freshwater & Marine Ecology ; Life Sciences ; Original Paper ; Paleontology ; Plant Systematics/Taxonomy/Biogeography
    ISSN: 1867-1594
    E-ISSN: 1867-1608
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  • 9
    Language: English
    In: Journal of paleolimnology, 2008-03-06, Vol.40 (3), p.851-868
    Description: A 52-m-long lacustrine sequence was recovered from the basin of Bòbila-Ordis, near Banyoles (N–E Spain). The presence of Early Biharian rodent teeth (Early Pleistocene) and of a c. 9-ka-long palaeomagnetic reversal (Cobb-Mountain subchron) suggests an age centred on 1.2 Ma, making this sequence one of the very few well-dated terrestrial sequences of that age in Europe. The first 22.5 m (with an interglacial character) are very homogenous owing to sedimentation affected by underwater springs. In the middle part of the sequence, palynological analyses, supported by sediment visual description, ostracod and mollusc assemblages, allow the reconstruction of one glacial-interglacial cycle, with vegetation succession. A second incomplete climatic cycle is recorded in the top part, within a shallower lake. These brief interruptions in the two climatic cycles are possibly linked to lake bank collapse caused by Hippopotamus amphibius or faulting linked to karst. The succession is likely to correlate to MIS 36-33. The Bòbila-Ordis lacustrine series (including two other nested lakes) covers altogether some sections of four glacial and four interglacial periods, not all contiguous.
    Subject(s): Climate Change ; Climate cycles ; Earth and Environmental Science ; Earth Sciences ; Freshwater & Marine Ecology ; Geology ; Interglacial periods ; Original Paper ; Paleontology ; Physical Geography ; Sedimentology ; Sediments (Geology)
    ISSN: 0921-2728
    E-ISSN: 1573-0417
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  • 10
    Language: English
    In: Holocene (Sevenoaks), 2016-01, Vol.26 (1), p.3-16
    Description: Caspian Sea level has undergone significant changes through time with major impacts not only on the surrounding coasts but also on offshore. This study reports a brackish water invasion on the southern coast of the Caspian Sea constructed from a multi-proxy analysis of sediment retrieved from the Langarud wetland. The ground surface level of wetland is 〉6 m higher than the current Caspian Sea level (at −27.41 m in 2014) and located 〉11 km far from the coast. A sequence covering the last millennium was dated by three radiocarbon dates. The results from this new study suggest that Caspian Sea level rose up to at least −21.44 m (i.e. 〉6 m above the present water level) during the early ‘Little Ice Age’. Although previous studies in the southern coast of the Caspian Sea have detected a high-stand during the Little Ice Age period, this study presents the first evidence that this high-stand reached so far inland and at such a high altitude. Moreover, it confirms one of the very few earlier estimates of a high-stand at −21 m for the second half of the 14th century. The effects of this large-scale brackish water invasion on soil properties would have caused severe disruption to regional agriculture, thereby destabilising local dynasties and facilitating a rapid Turko-Mongol expansion of Tamerlane’s armies from the east.
    ISSN: 0959-6836
    E-ISSN: 1477-0911
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