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Ventilation of the Deep Southern Ocean and Deglacial CO 2 rise

Skinner, L. C.; Fallon, Stewart; Waelbroeck, Claire; Michel, E; Barker, S


Past glacial-interglacial increases in the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) are thought to arise from the rapid release of CO2 sequestered in the deep sea, primarily via the Southern Ocean. Here, we present radiocarbon evidence from the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean that strongly supports this hypothesis. We show that during the last glacial period, deep water circulating around Antarctica was more than two times older than today relative to the atmosphere. During...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Science
DOI: 10.1126/science.1183627


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