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Lag times for oceanic responses to climatic change

Naturevolume 256pages716717 (1975) | Download Citation



RECENT studies of deep-sea sediment cores have defined changes in surface water circulation1, in continental ice volume as recorded by oxygen isotope variations in foraminiferal tests2, and in the corrosiveness of near-bottom water to calcium carbonate3,4 during the past million years. These changes are all attributed to the major climatic changes that have occurred during the Quaternary1,2,5,6.

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  1. Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island, 02881

    • , G. ROSS HEATH
    •  & TED C. MOORE JR


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