Articles | Volume 13, issue 10
The Cryosphere, 13, 2615–2631, 2019
The Cryosphere, 13, 2615–2631, 2019

Research article 09 Oct 2019

Research article | 09 Oct 2019

Nonlinear response of the Antarctic Ice Sheet to late Quaternary sea level and climate forcing

Michelle Tigchelaar et al.

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