Late Holocene volcanic activity and environmental change in Highland Guatemala

Jon C. Lohse, W. Derek Hamilton, Mark Brenner, Jason Curtis, Takeshi Inomata, Molly Morgan, Karla Cardona, Kazuo Aoyama, Hitoshi Yonenobu

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We present a record of late Holocene volcanic eruptions with elemental data for a sequence of sampled tephras from Lake Amatitlan in Highland Guatemala. Our tephrochronology is anchored by a Bayesian P_Sequence age-depth model based on multiple AMS radiocarbon dates. We compare our record against a previously published study from the same area to understand the record of volcanism and environmental changes. This work has implications for understanding the effects of climate and other environmental changes that may be related to the emission of volcanic aerosols at local, regional and global scales.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)378-392
Number of pages15
JournalQuaternary Science Reviews
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018


  • Central America
  • Environmental change
  • Guatemala highlands
  • Lake Amatitlan
  • Tephrochronology
  • Volcanism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology
  • Geology


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