Articles | Volume 13, issue 5
Clim. Past, 13, 533–544, 2017
Clim. Past, 13, 533–544, 2017
Research article
24 May 2017
Research article | 24 May 2017

A 21 000-year record of fluorescent organic matter markers in the WAIS Divide ice core

Juliana D'Andrilli et al.

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