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A deep-sea core collected on the continental slope off northern California contains a pollen stratigraphy for the past 20,000 yr that can be correlated to the pollen stratigraphy from the upper section of Clear Lake core CL-73-4. The occurrence in one sequence of pollen, reflecting the local continental paleoclimates, and marine microfossils reflecting the local paleoceanography, allows a comparison of concurrent responses of the local ocean and adjacent continental area to global climate changes. The interpretation of the two data sets gives a complex progression of changes that are probably interrelated, such as upwelling that produced coastal fogs. The changes in climatic and oceanographic environmental conditions that occurred in response to the switch from global glacial to interglacial conditions was not a smooth progression of increasingly moderate regimes; rather, the changes appear to be a complicated series of states that suggests a disequilibrium mode lasting from about 15,000 to 5,000 yr ago.

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