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https://doi.org/10.5194/se-7-1609-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-7-1609-2016
Research article
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01 Dec 2016
Research article |  | 01 Dec 2016

Stepwise drying of Lake Turkana at the end of the African Humid Period: a forced regression modulated by solar activity variations?

Alexis Nutz and Mathieu Schuster

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From the geomorphology of a palaeodelta complex of Lake Turkana (Kenya), we explore the end of the Holocene African Humid Period (AHP) that corresponded to a major change in climate of Africa and that had important environmental impacts. Here, we propose that the transition from a wet to a dry period at the end of the AHP is stepwise, discussing a potential control by short-term variations in solar activity. Understanding this climate event is crucial to facing future climate changes.