Tertiary delta 18O record and glacio-eustatic sea-level fluctuations.

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Previous interpretation of the Tertiary delta 18O record of planktic and benthic foraminifers has emphasized comparison to the modern ocean, assumed an ice-free world prior to middle Miocene time, and thereby calculated surprisingly cool temperatures for the tropical sea surface. We propose an alternative interpretation, which compares Tertiary data to average late Pleistocene, assumes constant tropical sea-surface temperature, and thereby estimates global ice volume. This approach suggests that Earth has had a significant ice budget (and therefore glacio-eustatic sea-level fluctuations) at least since Eocene and perhaps even throughout much of Cretaceous time. -Authors
Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Tertiary delta 18O record and glacio-eustatic sea-level fluctuations.
Series title Geology
Volume 8
Issue 10
Year Published 1980
Language English
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Larger Work Title Geology
First page 501
Last page 504
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