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An annually dated ice core recovered from South Pole (2850 m a.s.l.) in 1995, that covers the period 1487–1992, was analyzed for the marine biogenic sulfur species methanesulfonate (MS). Empirical orthogonal function analysis is used to calibrate the high-resolution MS series with associated environmental series for the period of overlap (1973–92). Utilizing this calibration we present a ~500 year long proxy record of the polar expression of the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and southeastern Pacific sea-ice extent variations. These records reveal short-term periods of increased (1800–50, 1900–40) and decreased sea-ice extent (1550–1610, 1660–1710, 1760–1800). In general, increased (decreased) sea-ice extent is associated with a higher (lower) frequency of El Niño events.
Earth Systems Research Center
Annals of Glaciology
Cambridge University Press
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Meyerson, E. A., Mayewski, P. A., Kreutz, K. J., David Meeker, L., Whitlow, S. I., & Twickler, M. S. (2002). The polar expression of ENSO and sea-ice variability as recorded in a South Pole ice core. Annals of Glaciology, 35, 430-436. doi:10.3189/172756402781817149
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