Articles | Volume 16, issue 4
Clim. Past, 16, 1145–1157, 2020
Clim. Past, 16, 1145–1157, 2020

Research article 03 Jul 2020

Research article | 03 Jul 2020

Radionuclide wiggle matching reveals a nonsynchronous early Holocene climate oscillation in Greenland and western Europe around a grand solar minimum

Florian Mekhaldi et al.

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