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Monsoon matters


A simplified global climate model that keeps track of water as it moves through Earth's water cycle throws fresh light on how the Asian summer monsoon has varied during the past 150,000 years.

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Figure 1: The Indo-Asian monsoon system.


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Konecky, B. Monsoon matters. Nature 517, 445–446 (2015).

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