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Volume 12, issue 2
Clim. Past, 12, 455–481, 2016
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Special issue: Climatic and biotic events of the Paleogene

Clim. Past, 12, 455–481, 2016
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Research article 25 Feb 2016

Research article | 25 Feb 2016

A model–model and data–model comparison for the early Eocene hydrological cycle

Matthew J. Carmichael et al.

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