The Oceans: Growth and Oxygen Isotope Evolution

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Science  15 Sep 1972:
Vol. 177, Issue 4053, pp. 992-994
DOI: 10.1126/science.177.4053.992


A study of the evolution of the oxygen-18/oxygen-16 ratio of the oceans suggests that this ratio is unlikely to have remained constant with time. Our models suiggest that early formation of the oceans is more likely than linear growth.