Articles | Volume 15, issue 3
Clim. Past, 15, 927–942, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-15-927-2019
Clim. Past, 15, 927–942, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-15-927-2019

Research article 23 May 2019

Research article | 23 May 2019

Holocene hydrography evolution in the Alboran Sea: a multi-record and multi-proxy comparison

Albert Català et al.

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