Glacial-to-Interglacial Changes in Ocean Circulation

  • Jean-Claude Duplessy
  • Maurice Arnold
  • Edouard Bard
  • Laurent Labeyrie
  • Josette Duprat
  • Jean Moyes


Only a few years after its discovery by Anderson and Libby (1947), radiocarbon has revolutionized our understanding of the climatic history of the upper Quaternary. Flint and Rubin (1955) demonstrated that the moraines deposited over the northern United States by the last great ice sheets contained organic material with measurable 14C activity. Numerous measurements performed on moraines and glacial sediments from northern America and northern Europe (see a review in Denton and Hughes (1981)) showed that continental ice sheets reached their maximum extension only 18,000 years ago, and retreated slowly to disappear about 6500 years ago.


Benthic Foraminifera Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Intermediate Water Planktonic Foraminifera Accelerator Mass Spectrometry 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Claude Duplessy
  • Maurice Arnold
  • Edouard Bard
  • Laurent Labeyrie
  • Josette Duprat
  • Jean Moyes

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