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Brief but warm Antarctic summer

A temperature record derived from measurements of an ice core drilled on James Ross Island, Antarctica, prompts a rethink of what has triggered the recent warming trends on the Antarctic Peninsula. See Letter p.141

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Figure 1: Voyage of discovery.


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