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An oxygen-isotope climatic record from the Devon Island ice cap, arctic Canada

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Isotope measurements on two adjacent cores through the Devon Island ice cap provide a well-dated climatic record for the past 5000 yr. Fluctuations in annual values include much ‘noise’, and ice flow over a rough bed produces distortions in the lowest 5% of core which covers roughly 120,000 yr. Comparison with the Camp Century, Greenland, record helps to separate climatic changes from changes in ice thickness or flow pattern.

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Paterson, W., Koerner, R., Fisher, D. et al. An oxygen-isotope climatic record from the Devon Island ice cap, arctic Canada. Nature 266, 508–511 (1977). https://doi.org/10.1038/266508a0

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