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CP | Articles | Volume 14, issue 6
Clim. Past, 14, 789–810, 2018
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Clim. Past, 14, 789–810, 2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 13 Jun 2018

Research article | 13 Jun 2018

Climate sensitivity and meridional overturning circulation in the late Eocene using GFDL CM2.1

David K. Hutchinson et al.

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