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A warm, equable Cretaceous: The nature of the problem

Authors
Journal
Earth-Science Reviews
0012-8252
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
19
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0012-8252(83)90001-6

Abstract

Abstract The nature of the problem of warm equable paleoclimates is defined by investigating the mid-Cretaceous period. The problem consists of three components: (1) defining precisely the climatic state during any specified interval of geologic time; (2) specifying the external climatic forcing factors which may have been important; and (3) understanding the climatic response to any specific modifying influence. These components are characterized by limitations of critical importance in understanding paleoclimates. The nature of the problem of a warm Cretaceous is defined both qualitatively and quantitatively within these limits.

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