Laurentide Ice Sheet Meltwater Recorded in Gulf of Mexico Deep-Sea Cores

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Science  11 Apr 1975:
Vol. 188, Issue 4184, pp. 147-150
DOI: 10.1126/science.188.4184.147


Oxygen isotopic measurements in three Late Quaternary deep-sea cores from the Gulf of Mexico record a major anomaly between about 15,000 and 12,000 years ago superimposed on a more characteristic oceanic oxygen isotopic curve. This resulted from major influx of isotopically light glacial meltwater via the Mississippi River from the disintegrating Late Wisconsin Laurentide Ice Sheet 2000 kilometers to the north.