West Antarctic ice coring: A high‐resolution study of climate change

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How do ice ages end? Is it a carefully phased process, with orbital variations of the Earth causing carbon dioxide to rise in the atmosphere, Southern Hemisphere ocean temperatures to rise, then ice sheets to melt and Northern Hemisphere oceans to warm [Imbrie et al., 1989]? Or does something throw a switch, causing a change from “glacial” to “interglacial” mode in a few short years or decades [Broecker and Denton, 1989]? And does the switch jiggle a few times first, giving rise to the Younger Dryas and the older Dansgaard‐Oeschger events?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-116
Number of pages2
JournalEos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Issue number11
StatePublished - Mar 17 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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