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Nature Geoscience 2, 156 - 159 (2009)
doi:10.1038/ngeo454

Kick-starting ancient warming

E. G. Nisbet1, S. M. Jones2, J. Maclennan3, G. Eagles1, J. Moed4, N. Warwick4, S. Bekki5, P. Braesicke4, J. A. Pyle4 & C. M. R. Fowler1


Rapid global warming marked the boundary between the Palaeocene and Eocene periods 55.6 million years ago, but how the temperature rise was initiated remains elusive. A catastrophic release of greenhouse gases from the Kilda basin could have served as a trigger.

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  1. Department of Earth Sciences, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham TW20 0EX, UK
  2. Department of Geology, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland
  3. Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EQ, UK
  4. Centre for Atmosphere Science, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EW, UK
  5. LATMOS-IPSL UPMC, B.102, Tour 45–46, 3ème étage 4, place Jussieu, 75252 Paris Cedex 05, France.

Correspondence to: E. G. Nisbet1 e-mail: e.nisbet@es.rhul.ac.uk

Correspondence to: S. M. Jones2 e-mail: stephen.jones@tcd.ie



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