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Middle Pliocene sea surface temperatures: A global reconstruction

Marine Micropaleontology

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Abstract

Identification and analyses of Pliocene marine microfossils from 64 globally distributed stratigraphic sequences have been used to produce a middle Pliocene sea surface temperature reconstruction of the Earth. This reconstruction shows little or no change from current conditions in low latitude regions and significant warming of the ocean surface at mid and higher latitudes of both hemispheres. This pattern of warming is consistent with terrestrial records and suggests a combination of enhanced meridional ocean heat transport and enhanced greenhouse effect were responsible for the middle Pliocene warmth.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Middle Pliocene sea surface temperatures: A global reconstruction
Series title:
Marine Micropaleontology
Volume
27
Issue:
1-4
Year Published:
1996
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Marine Micropaleontology
First page:
13
Last page:
25