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Peteet 2009

Peteet, D.M., 2009: Younger Dryas. In Encyclopedia of Paleoclimatology and Ancient Environments. V. Gornitz, Ed., Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series, Springer, pp. 993-996.

The Younger Dryas (YD) is known as the best example of an abrupt climatic event recorded on land, in the oceans, and in ice cores. It was a cold event that occurred between 11,000 and 12,000 14C years ago (approximately 12,800 and 11,600 calendar years ago), and it lasted about 1,200 years. About 15,000 years ago, as Northern Europe ice sheets were retreating and trees were beginning to move northward replacing tundra, several brief returns to cold conditions suddenly took place. The most pronounced of these reversals, which could be correlated from place to place in Europe, was called the Younger Dryas. The name "Younger" was used because it was the last of thee rapid cold events, while earlier were called the Oldest Dryas and the Older Dryas. The name Dryas was used because the layer contained fossil leaves of the Dryas octopetala plant, a member of the rose family that colonizes arctic-alpine regions.

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  author={Peteet, D. M.},
  editor={Gornitz, V.},
  title={Younger Dryas},
  booktitle={Encyclopedia of Paleoclimatology and Ancient Environments},
  address={Dordrecht, the Netherlands},
  series={Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series},

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ID  - pe03300x
AU  - Peteet, D. M.
ED  - Gornitz, V.
PY  - 2009
TI  - Younger Dryas
BT  - Encyclopedia of Paleoclimatology and Ancient Environments
T3  - Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series
SP  - 993
EP  - 996
PB  - Springer
CY  - Dordrecht, the Netherlands
ER  -

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