During the interval 33.6 to 26.1 ka, Searles Lake in southeastern California went through six major cycles of expansion and contraction. A comparison of U/Th ages for these events with the chronologies for quasi-cyclic interstadial episodes in the ice core from Summit, Greenland, suggests that the episodes of low water at Searles Lake are synchronous with the interstadial episodes at Summit. The two phenomena may be linked by variations in the strength of the global hydrological cycle, driven by oscillations in the Atlantic Ocean thermohaline circulation.

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