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A climatically responsive tree-ring record from Widdringtonia cedarbergensis, Cape Province, South Africa

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The use of dated tree-ring series to reconstruct past climate has received much attention in recent years1,2. The development of long and climatically responsive chronologies in many areas of the Southern Hemisphere is an important step towards better understanding past environments in these areas3,4, but little dendrochronologically related work of any sort has been done on the African continent5–11, and most of this has consisted primarily of ring counts to estimate ages. We report here on the development and climatic interpretation of the first dated annual ring-width index chronology from Africa south of the Sahara.

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  1. Quaternary Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 98195

    • Peter W. Dunwiddie
  2. Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 85721

    • Valmore C. LaMarche Jr


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